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.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, in a statement, praised the graduates saying they set a high public safety standard.

“As one of the finest EMS systems in the country, Boston EMS is at the cornerstone of public health and safety,” he said in a statement. “Through compassionate care and dedication, our EMTs and paramedics serve the residents of Boston during their most vulnerable moments, offering expert medical care and support. I know today’s graduates will continue in that tradition, upholding the values of Boston EMS and making our city proud.”

Also, six EMTs were promoted to paramedic during the ceremony.



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