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Press Releases / 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2007

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA TO PRESIDE AT PROMOTION
AND GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 138 MEMBERS OF THE
FDNY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside at a promotion and graduation ceremony tomorrow for 138 members of the FDNY EMS Command. Twenty-eight members will be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant, while 38 members will graduate to the rank of Paramedic and 72 to the rank of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The new paramedics recently completed an intense 9-month program, and the new EMTs completed a rigorous 8 ½-week training program.

Among tomorrow’s graduates is Paramedic Daniel Fitzpatrick, who risked his own life to save a woman from leaping in front of a Brooklyn subway train in January. He was appointed to the Department in January 2005.

Of the 110 graduating paramedics and EMTs, there are more than 15 different languagues spoken, including Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Creole, Hebrew, Chinese, French, Greek, Farsi, Uzbek and Tadjik. Eight graduates are military veterans, three of whom have served in Iraq. Eleven members have relatives who currently serve with the FDNY, including EMT Steve Miller whose father and mother are EMS officers.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia and many other FDNY EMS members and their families

WHAT:

Promotion and graduation ceremony for 138 members of FDNY EMS

WHERE:

LaGuardia Community College,31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, NY

WHEN:

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

**Photo-Op

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclafani, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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