The FDNY Foundation celebrates the graduation of 51 students from the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety on June 21.
This was the seventh class to graduate from the school, which is a part of New York City’s small schools initiative.
“It’s an extraordinary achievement,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “These are students who have worked hard and are ready for life after high school.”
The school is housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York and provides a rigorous academic program with emphasis on the academic, physical and moral rigors of emergency response.
“Today is a special day, your day,” Principal James Anderson told the graduating class. “And this is just the beginning, look at it as an opportunity.”
Many of the graduates continue on to careers with FDNY, including firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. Nearly two dozen of this year’s graduates are set to enter the EMS Academy in 2014.
“We are so proud of these students for reaching this milestone,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea. “And we hope this is the beginning of a world of opportunities for them.”
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