On Thursday July 10, 2014 the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System recognized 77 graduates who recently completed Fire Fighter I-II, EMT–Basic, and EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Paramedic certification. Family, friends, and community members filled the Dominion High School auditorium as Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management (LCFR) Deputy Chief of Training and EMS Jose Salazar mastered the graduation ceremony. Board of Supervisors, Suzanne Volpe recognized the graduates, along with Chief of the Department Keith Brower and Operational Medical Director, Dr. John Morgan.
The graduates were a combination of career and volunteer students. 24 students graduated as Firefighter I-II, 30 as Emergency Medical Technicians, nine as Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate, and 14 as Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Each of the course coordinators presented their respective classes and described the training required to achieve the certification. The 77 graduates participated in the intensive six to ten months of training, depending on their certification program. At the end of attending training, students passed a Loudoun County and state examination to become certified in their respective area.
The graduating class also included student who completed their Firefighter II and EMT certifications through the Loudoun County Public School System, Monroe Technology Center (MTC). LCFR and Monroe strong partnership provides education and skills to juniors and seniors as part of their school credits. The students must be a volunteer with one of the fire and rescue companies in Loudoun to participate in the Monroe Fire and EMS studies.
During the graduation the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue course coordinator presented the top student of the class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication to the profession, academic performance, punctuality and their ability to lead and motivate others.
The Spring 2014 top students are:
Firefighter I-II Chad Klein, Sterling Volunteer Fire Dept.
Firefighter I-II, MTC Kayla Beale, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company
Emergency Medical Technician Jimmy Olveson, Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician, MTC Jawuanna McAllister, Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Jeremy Dorsey, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Michael Shivik, Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue
Benjamin Rudman, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue
Photo: Top students (l-r, Jeremy Dorsey, Chief Brower, Benjamin Rudman)