BOSTON (CBS) – Boston graduated 20 new EMTs from the Boston Emergency Medical Service Training Academy on Monday during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall.
The graduates endured six months of training, including classroom work, drills and field exercises. The class included 11 women and nine men.
Originally, 25 recruits signed up but only 20 made it to graduation.
“It was a roller coaster of emotions,” graduate Aileen McLoughlin told WBZ NewsRadio.. “This day means everything that I wanted to do growing up.”
Another graduate recalled how EMTs once saved his father from a heart attack.
“It’s been a very long six months, but this means everything to me. If the EMTs didn’t come in and resuscitate my father, I wouldn’t have all the time that I had with him,” graduate Michael Meneds told WBZ NewsRadio.
Mendes’s mother, Marion, pinned her son’s badge on him.
“His father, rest in pace. We’re both very happy,” she said.