MORRISTOWN – Four Hawkins County residents were among 16 paramedics graduating Walters State’s Paramedic Class 24 during a recent ceremony on the college’s Morristown campus.
The graduation speaker, Brad Phillips, director of the Jefferson County EMS, advised the new paramedics to adhere to four principles: “Follow your heart; continually fight complacency; consistently find compassion; and finish what you’ve started.”
Walters State offers a three-semester paramedic program as part of its Division of Public Safety. The program typically has a 100 percent placement rate.
Class 24 members include: David Benton, Nicholas Gwin, Amanda Hurst and Keith Samsel of Hawkins County; Mary Strange of Grainger County, Marcus Atkins, Kyler Evans and Kenneth Liedy of Jefferson County; Stephen Lewis of Blount County; Dalton Manis and David Sparks of Greene County; and Isaac Inman, Kandra Spurling, Austin Vick, Steven Russell and Erin Thomas of Sevier County.
Hurst was awarded the Professional Development Award, and Samsel received the Academic Award.