Prairie State College Announces Basic Firefighter and EMT Graduates [1/24/14]

Prairie State College (PSC) recently held graduation ceremonies for the Basic Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs.

The 2013 graduates of the Basic Firefighter program were Chrissy Berrettoni, Brian Hensley, Joseph Hudik, Zachary Chandler, and Stavros Veliotis of Crete; Robert Butterfield, Christian Christmas, Darnell Talbert, Quinnest Daniels, Latreaviette Watkins, and DeAndre Dickerson of Sauk Village; Jewell Johnson and Robert Zaja of Chicago; Kevin Luther and Brian Desiderio of Chicago Heights; Thomas Comise of Monee; Jeremiah Thrall of Flossmoor; and David Dennison of Homewood.

The keynote speaker for the Basic Firefighter ceremony was Michael Vittori, captain of the Chicago Heights Fire Department. The student speaker was Chrissy Berretoni, who is joining the Crete Fire Department. The master of ceremonies for the Basic Firefighter ceremony was Rich Atwood, PSC’s basic firefighter coordinator.       

The 2013 EMT program graduates are Kayla Adams, Joshua Cano, Evan Davenport, Shana Davis, Jonathan R. Gonzalez, Gregory S. Ingram, Mary Ivy Odaise, and Jalisa M.N. Williams of Chicago Heights; Allison Arbuthnot of Monee; Amber Briscoe of Dyer, Ind.; Ashley Marie Capers, Brandon Wade Roberts, and Dale D.J. Staska of Homewood; Kyle Cayton, Steven M. Dees, Adam Kolberg, and Joel C. Stanford of Park Forest; William Eberhardt and Ladayia Johnson of Crete; Salena Johnson of University Park; Richie T. Pauley and Edward John Peppler of Beecher; Taylor Kent Ramsey of Matteson; Lindsey E. Richardson of Country Club Hills; and Y. Renee Richburg of Ford Heights.

The keynote speaker for the EMT graduation was Bruce Ziegle, chief of the Park Forest Fire Department. Allison Arbuthnot and Salena Johnson were recognized as valedictorians for completing the EMT course with the top score.

The Basic Firefighter program at PSC prepares students to become municipal firefighters and take the state fire marshal exam. The program follows the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

The EMT program prepares students to take the state certification exam to obtain a license to work on an ambulance crew or in an emergency room.

For more information about the Basic Firefighter or EMT program, contact Patty Zuccarello, interim dean, health and industrial technology, at (708) 709-2947 or pzuccarello@prairiestate.edu.