June 8, 2017
On Thursday, June 8th, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over the graduation of 144 Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) at Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
Fire Commissioner Nigro highlighted the importance of teamwork at the FDNY. “A sick call, a fire, a patient in cardiac arrest, an injured child or a woman in labor – no matter the situation, FDNY members work together, side by side to care for their patients,” said Commissioner Nigro. “FDNY members make a difference in every single community, every single day – and our EMTs are on the front line, helping others.”
Commissioner Nigro also acknowledged Probationary EMT Scott Geraghty - the nephew of Deputy Chief Edward Geraghty, one of the 343 members who made the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11th.
Probationary FDNY EMT Scott Geraghty reflected on his family’s relationship with the FDNY. He stated: “the definitive point for our family was on September 11th, 2001, when it became an unspoken tradition for our family to follow in my uncle’s footsteps - everyone spoke about their love for the FDNY at every family gathering. I love how the FDNY takes care of one another and I’m very happy to have an opportunity to be here.”
Commissioner Nigro reminded the graduates, although they have rigorously trained to serve New York City and its visitors, their job is a difficult and dangerous one.
This graduating class of Probationary EMTs consists of diverse backgrounds. Several foreign languages are spoken, including: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Korean, and Russian. Five EMTs graduated from Captain Vernon A. Richard FDNY High School and two EMTs were FDNY Explorers. Six Probationary EMTs also served branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Probationary EMT Iyana Curtis, 2015 Valedictorian of FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richards High School remembered the values of her high school educational experience. "The FDNY High School teaches you a great deal about this job,” said Probationary EMT Curtis. “We completed a great deal of academic and physical training similar to what is expected in the Academy - we learned discipline, respect, attention to detail and many more skills, which allowed me to be successful here today.”
Probationary EMT Ki Hyun Kim is a Marine Forces Reserve member. He is looking forward to continuing his commitment to service with the FDNY. “You can’t miss the FDNY in New York City - I’m very happy to be able to be here and continue serving,” said Probationary EMT Kim, who is one of six Veterans graduating today from the FDNY EMS Academy.
Chief of Department James E. Leonard stated: “there is no nobler mission than to dedicate your career to saving the lives of others.” He reminded the graduates, “going forward in the field, you will work alongside experienced, veteran EMTs, Paramedics, and Officers who will continue to teach and guide you.”
The Probationary EMTs will be assigned to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Stations across the city.
For photos of the graduation, click here.