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On Thursday, November 18th, First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided over a graduation ceremony for 70 FDNY Paramedics.
The FDNY Foundation congratulates all 70 graduates and wish them the best of luck as they continue their careers in the FDNY. We thank them for their service and commitment to protecting the people and City of New York.
This is a special day, one you will remember for the rest of your careers, not just because it is the beginning of the next steps, but because it is the end a long and challenging road of training on the skills needed to serve as Paramedics in the best Emergency Medical Service in the country. We say thank you to your friends and families, who have offered so much support in getting you here over these long nine months of training. And we say thank you to your instructors, who spent countless hours at our Academy at Fort Totten, during a pandemic, drilling with you, teaching you, and preparing you for the days that lie ahead,” said First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh.
FDNY Chief of Department Thomas Richardson said, “Every time I come to a graduation or promotion ceremony, I am inspired. I am inspired by your accomplishment, nine months of intense and rigorous training. What you have accomplished is a very big deal. We are the busiest and the best emergency service organization and you now have the title of FDNY Paramedic. You are ready to continue your journey of service. Continue to challenge yourself both personally and professionally. It will make you a better person, a better Paramedic and it will make our organization better.”
FDNY Chief of EMS Operations Lillian Bonsignore said, “This was the most academically challenging program the Fire Department has to offer, and you have completed it. And by your dedication you will now be in a position to impact the world, to impact humanity in a very different way. In a moment you are going to raise your hand and take an oath to use your newly found skills to provide the highest level of prehospital care to all those people who will put their lives in your hands. We are people of compassion, we are people of kindness, but most of all we are people of service. The impact that you’re going to have on the world is something that will go on forever. Because you said yes, others will live.”
To view the ceremony, please visit: bit.ly/111821ParamedicGrad
To view more photos from the ceremony, please visit: bit.ly/3Cuhif4