Fifteen recognized at Walters State 21st class of paramedics graduation
(Left to right) Dustin Carter of White Pine received the professional development award, Philip Jordon of Morristown received the clinical excellence award and Renee Dunn of Jefferson City received the leadership award during Walters State’s recent paramedic graduation. With the paramedics is Jonathan R. Reeves, coordinator, Paramedic Program.
Walters State’s 21st class of paramedics is now prepared to serve emergency service agencies across East Tennessee.
A total of 15 graduates were recognized at a ceremony held on Aug. 15 at the Morristown campus in which their technical certificates were conferred. Walters State offers the three-semester Paramedic program as part of its Public Safety Division. The speaker for the certificate ceremony was Andrew A. Slemp, III, regional operations manager, U.T. Medical Center Lifestar.
Applicants to the program must be currently licensed emergency medical technicians who make satisfactory scores on an entrance exam.
Class president was Valerie Renee Dunn of Jefferson City.
Award winners included: Steve Capps, Harrogate, paramedic student of the year award; Valerie Renee Dunn of Jefferson City, leadership award; James E. Ratliff, Surgoinsville, academic award; Philip Jordon, Morristown, clinical excellence award; Dustin A. Carter, White Pine, professional development award; James Bardinelli, Bluff City, Douglas Allen Johnston memorial award.
Other members of the class included: Jacob L. Crawford, Speedwell, Charles Gunter, Whitesburg, Anthony Lebow, Mascot, Jonathan D. Peters, Dandridge, Charles Bryce Raley, New Tazewell, Andrew Smith, Whitesburg, Seth L. Smith, Greeneville, Alex Stidham, Speedwell, David L. Wear, Pigeon Forge.
-From Contributed Reports