EMT Graduates, from left: Noel Reynoso, Corey Amundsen, Mike Lightsey, Brandy Landers, Felipe Soto Jr., Rachel Lee, Seth Todd, Tia Hodges, Hunter Allen, Arin Johnson, and Joe Walker. Not pictured: Briana Greene, Blaine Parketon, and Daniel Torres.

EMT Graduates, from left: Noel Reynoso, Corey Amundsen, Mike Lightsey, Brandy Landers, Felipe Soto Jr., Rachel Lee, Seth Todd, Tia Hodges, Hunter Allen, Arin Johnson, and Joe Walker. Not pictured: Briana Greene, Blaine Parketon, and Daniel Torres.

Fifteen graduates of South Florida State College’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program accepted advanced technical diplomas during a ceremony held May 4 in the SFSC Public Safety Auditorium, Highlands Campus, in Avon Park.

Hunter Allen, Corey Amundsen, Shane Evans, Briana Greene, Tia Hodges, Arin Johnson, Brandy Landers, Rachel Lee, Mike Lightsey, Blaine Parketon, Noel Reynoso, Felipe Soto Jr., Seth Todd, Daniel Torres, and Joe Walker completed 16 weeks of training in the program.

Landers received special awards for “Highest GPA for Lecture” and “Highest GPA for Lab.” Lightsey was presented an award for “Most Heart” for his passion and determination, according to Richard S. Shepard, instructor.

“It has been a pleasure working with these students, and I’m proud to call them colleagues,” Shepard said.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Florida EMT State Board Exam.

EMTs function as part of an emergency rescue and transportation team by responding to emergency calls through a dispatch system, operating emergency vehicles safely, assessing scenes of accidents or illnesses, setting priorities for treating patients based on their degrees of illness or injury, providing prehospital emergency care to treat trauma, shock, wounds, and other medical issues.

For more information about SFSC’s Emergency Medical Technician program and other Emergency Medical Services programs, call 863-784-7272.