MOUNT VERNON — There will now be 13 new paramedics to serve the greater Knox County area. After a long year of trials and tribulations, the members of the Knox County Career Center’s adult paramedic class graduated Thursday in a celebration attended by proud family members and friends.
Public safety program coordinator and class instructor Rob Homman welcomed everyone to the graduation exercises, and announced the class had a 100 percent class rate on its final test. While the students “bonded and became a family” during the year, Homman paid tribute to the students’ “real” families, thanking them for their sacrifices and willingness to help and support the students through their long hours of class time, homework and clinical experiences. He also thanked the career center staff and instructors and told the audience, “These students made me proud.”
Special thanks were also expressed to all of the participating fire departments and Knox Community Hospital for providing clinical experience time for the students.
“None of us knew what we were getting into when we signed up for this class,” student speaker Joe Toth said. “Our feet were to the fire. We had so much to learn. ... We are a close-knit class and the experience has been a blessing for all of us.”