After 6 months of hard work and intense studying, among cheers, claps, hugs, and music from the Pipes & Drums, 18 firefighters celebrated the completion of their paramedic training.
Accompanied by their friends and family, the graduates received their certificates after listening to Ret. Chief Berger’s inspiring speech. Chief Berger was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians to graduate from the El Paso Fire Training Academy.
Valedictorian FF Steven Wherrey shared some of his experiences with the audience and, representing his entire group, presented Lt. Langfeld and FF Garcia with a plaque, a token of appreciation from Paramedic Class #4. Also recognized was FF Sarah Sandoval, who earned the Salutatorian Award from her class.
After receiving their certificates from the Fire Chief, the graduates celebrated with their family and friends enjoying some refreshments getting some pictures to remember the occasion.
Although the NREMT exam looms ahead of them, after more than 1200 hours of training, they feel confident in their skills and the knowledge that their instructors passed on to them. The last challenge is not a challenge for them.