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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 9, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SALVATORE J. CASSANO PRESIDES AT GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 89 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS AND 76 PARAMEDICS

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will preside at a graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 10 at LaGuardia College for 89 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and 76 Paramedics of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service.

"Last year, our Emergency Medical Service responded to 1.2 million calls of all types in every neighborhood of New York City," Commissioner Cassano said.  "All 165 of these EMTs and Paramedics are either joining or continuing their careers with the busiest and best EMS anywhere in the world.  We know they'll all work hard to continue this tradition."

The class of new Paramedics includes Kathleen Santora, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan and is also the sister of Firefighter Christopher Santora of Engine 54, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, and the daughter of retired Deputy Chief Alexander Santora.

Among the diverse group of graduates, 13 languages are spoken, including Mandarin, Arabic, Haitian Creole and Taishanese.  Ten graduates served in the U.S. military, one served in the U.S. Coast Guard and another served in the British army.  All of the members will be assigned to various EMS stations throughout the city.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia and many EMS members and their families

WHERE:

Mainstage Theater at LaGuardia College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

WHEN:

Friday, December 10, 2010 at 11 a.m.

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

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