Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Twenty-Nine Firefighters Complete Paramedic School

February 28, 2017

Twenty-nine firefighters recently became paramedics after completing paramedic school at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center.

According to Randy Pierson, the instructor, “The 2016 Paramedic Course started on March 1, 2016 and concluded on February 27, 2017. The class met 2 days a week for a total of 650 classroom hours. In addition, the students had to complete 390 hours of clinical and field internship while still working their full-time assignments. Their training included anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, advanced airway management, cardiology and additional training in medical emergencies and trauma care.”

The class included 28 firefighters with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and two with the City of Woodstock Fire Department. 

The graduates from the paramedic class were: Christian Kutas, Corey Deal, Eric Parr, Geordan Ganka, Reece Young, Matt Bennett, Miguel Castro, Daniel Thatcher, Jake Gunter, Destiny LaBossiere, Don Grant (City of Woodstock), Engle May, Brennan Jones, Alisha Graham, Tim Carter, Terrell Long, Jared Sellers (City of Woodstock), Nick Woodall, Reggie Thurmon, R.C. Vaughn, David Jones, Cason Wood, Joe El-Bisi, Chris George, Sam Lackender, Manuel Zapeta-Lopez, Josh McCord, Chris Roberts, and Cesar Saavedra.

Congratulations to all of our new paramedics for all their hard work and a job well done.

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Those who participated in the paramedic class included (front row, left to right): Christian Kutas, Corey Deal, Eric Parr, Geordan Ganka, Reece Young, Matt Bennett, Miguel Castro, Daniel Thatcher, Jake Gunter Destiny LaBossiere, and Don Grant.
Those who participated in the paramedic class included (front row, left to right): Christian Kutas, Corey Deal, Eric Parr, Geordan Ganka, Reece Young, Matt Bennett, Miguel Castro, Daniel Thatcher, Jake Gunter Destiny LaBossiere, and Don Grant. (click image for slideshow)