AVON PARK - South Florida State College's paramedic program recently recognized 17 graduates at a ceremony July 29 at the Highlands campus.
Keynote speaker, Maj. Brandon Ball, of the Florida State Fire Marshall's Office, emphasized that graduates should use the SFSC institutional core values as a guiding light.
"Have the integrity to do what's right, even when no one is looking," Ball said. "The guiding principles behind any good emergency medical provider include service and servant leadership. Embrace your community. It is now counting on you to deliver in its time of need. Be as committed to pushing forward learning as you have been over the past year. Commit yourself to excellence as your community demands it of you. Buy in to the model of accountability. Admit and learn from the mistakes you will inevitably make, as we are all human. Our community is counting on you to make responsible decisions. The job you do is the epitome of what it means to be a servant leader and for that we thank you."
Special awards were presented to Jeremiah Gilley for highest lab average, for earning a 98 percent. Joshua Exendine had the highest academic grade with a 96 percent. "Most Heart" was presented to Yamile Ruiz, Melissa Coleman, Corey Hester and Chad Reeves.
SFSC 2012-2013 paramedic graduates include Louis Chieffo, Coleman, Exendine, Robin Gilileo, Gilley, Brooke Grassman, Maude Amy Hall, Hester, Chesley McLeod, Brandon Newell, Reeves, Ruiz, Gracemarie Snellen, David Stark, Jacqueline Taylor, Kyle Yancey and Shane Milligan.
SFSC's paramedic program provides a combination of lectures, labs, clinical instruction and field internships, where students learn to provide emergency medical care as part of an emergency response team. The program covers paramedic fundamentals, trauma management, rescue emergencies, special considerations and other relevant issues.
For more information about SFSC's paramedic or EMS program, contact Steven Ashworth, chair of emergency medical services and fire science programs, at 784-7272 or email@example.com.