FDNY Foundation Congratulates 153 FDNY EMTs and Paramedics on their Graduation and the Promotion of 55 EMS Officers

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FDNY Foundation Congratulates 153 FDNY EMTs and Paramedics on their Graduation and the Promotion of 55 EMS Officers

On Monday, March 14th, FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided over a graduation ceremony for 153 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics and promoted 55 FDNY EMS Members at a promotion ceremony held in Brooklyn.

The FDNY Foundation congratulates all 153 graduates and we wish them the best of luck as they begin their careers in the FDNY. We thank them for choosing a career of service and commitment to protecting the people and City of New York and proudly representing the FDNY.

“Congratulations to all of our new Chiefs, Captains, EMTs and Paramedics. This has been a long two years for our city, our Department and especially members of EMS who have been on the front line of a global pandemic. These 153 members show the strength, resilience and commitment that defines members of EMS, by going straight into the field three months ago when Omicron was peaking in our city and New Yorkers needed you most. It is that selflessness and professionalism that defines FDNY EMTs and Paramedics – coming to work to provide unmatched pre-hospital emergency care no matter the challenges you face. We rely on you for those critical calls where a patient’s life hangs in the balance and the care you give makes the difference and saves lives,” said Acting Fire Commissioner Kavanagh at today’s EMT graduation ceremony.

Chief of EMS Operations Lillian Bonsignore said, “We are here today shoulder to shoulder as we are meant to be. Each of you, all EMTs and Paramedics are the backbone of our entire system. The work you do has a far deeper meaning than you can imagine.”

The FDNY Foundation also congratulates the 55 EMS Officers who were promoted. We wish them continued success and thank them for their service and commitment to the people and City of New York and their dedication to the FDNY.

“Each of you being promoted and all of you graduating today share something extraordinary in common, you are all members of the world’s best emergency medical service. This promotion is the next step on your extraordinary path of service. You will be faced with daunting tasks, leading members through emergency incidents, serving as a role model to the next generation of EMS leadership, and being a pillar of hope in your community,” said Acting Fire Commissioner Kavanagh at today’s promotion ceremony.


Acting Chief of Department John Hodgens said “I am confident that the excellent work that you have already done in your careers will guide you into these new roles. You must not only care for the safety of your patients, but you must also care for the members under your command. I thank you for your dedication.”

To view the ceremony, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/FDNY

To view more photos from the ceremony, please visit: https://bit.ly/3KK4ZQi