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A siren signified the beginning of the Emergency Medical Technician Program Completion Ceremony on December 18th at Crafton Hills College. The performing arts theater was overflowing with over 400 friends and family members cheering on the 78 graduates. 

Program Director Laurie Green provided a welcome and introductions. She explained the rigor and difficulty of the 16-week program and expressed her appreciation to the preceptors from American Medical Response and Cal Fire, who provided field opportunities for Crafton students. Each of the four cohorts provided comments.

The first of the class speakers, Cristian Serrano, thanked the audience on behalf of his class for being their support system and specifically thanked his mom, saying, “All that I was, all that I am, and all that I will become, I owe to her. So thank you, I love you, Mom.” A second class speaker, Jonathan Castaneda, expressed his appreciation to his classmates for the study groups, commenting, “As a class, we bonded and became a family; I will never forget the knowledge and memories I’ve made this semester.”

The event concluded with comments by faculty members, recognition of each graduate, and an announcement that eleven of the students have already passed the National Registry exam and are ready to be certified in California to work as emergency medical technicians.