FDNY EMS Graduation
Friends and family cheered as 161 FDNY paramedics and EMTs graduated from the Academy on Dec. 6.

Fifty-two paramedics graduated, including valedictorians Paramedics Jonathan Jesensky and Melanie Moreno; as well as 109 EMTs, including valedictorians EMT William Curley and Johanna Marini.

Among the graduates were three who lost a family member in service to the Department, including EMT Stephen Endres, nephew of Firefighter John Burnside, and EMT Danielle Taccetta, niece of Firefighter Lenny Ragaglia, both of whom were killed on Sept. 11. Also EMT Matthew Whelehan, son of Firefighter Chris Whelehan, who died due to an illness related to his work at the World Trade Center site.

Thirteen of the members served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were deployed around the world. Five of the new FDNY members are graduates of the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety.
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