FDNY HS Alumni Graduate from EMS Academy
FDNY HS alumni, from left, Derrick Henderson, Jose Pacheco, Christopher Parente, Ezequiel Rodriguez and Malaysia Wheeless graduated from the FDNY EMS Academy in December.
Friends and family cheered as 161 FDNY paramedics and EMTs graduated from the Academy in December. The graduating class included FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety alumni Derrick Henderson, Jose Pacheco, Christopher Parente, Ezequiel Rodriguez and Malaysia Wheeless.
“It makes me so proud to stand here looking out at all of you, and realize the tremendous commitment, dedication and perseverance it took for you to reach this moment,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said during the ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center. “You have the best training possible, and you have that drive and motivation to make a difference in this city on every tour.”
FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Diversity Michele Maglione, second from left, congratulated FDNY High School alumni, from left, Christopher Parente, Jose Pacheco, Derrick Henderson and Malaysia Wheeless for completing the FDNY EMS Academy in December.
“Your greatness can come from simply improving a patient’s quality of life,” added Chief of EMS Abdo Nahmod, who poignantly quoted Nelson Mandela in his speech. “We all wish you a lot of luck in the field. We know you’ll do a great job.”
The FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety, which is housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, is a small thematic school that includes a special emphasis on the academic, physical and moral rigors of emergency response in its curriculum. To date, 59 graduates have become state certified EMTs and 15 of those 59 graduates are currently serving as FDNY EMTs.
Learn more about the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety.