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Walters State graduates 24th Paramedic class
August 14, 2017

Walters State’s Paramedic Class 24 graduated during a recent ceremony on the college’s Morristown campus, adding 16 paramedics to the ranks of emergency service agencies in the region. 

The graduation speaker, Brad Phillips, director of the Jefferson County EMS, advised the new paramedics to adhere to four principles: “Follow your heart; continually fight complacency; consistently find compassion; and finish what you’ve started.” 

Walters State offers a three-semester paramedic program as part of its Division of Public Safety. The program typically has a 100 percent placement rate.

Class 24 members include: Marcus Atkins, Kyler Evans, and Kenneth Liedy of Jefferson County; David Benton, Nicholas Gwin, Amanda Hurst and Keith Samsel of Hawkins County; Stephen Lewis of Blount County; Dalton Manis and David Sparks of Greene County; Isaac Inman, Kandra Spurling, Austin Vick, Steven Russell and Erin Thomas of Sevier County; and Mary Strange of Grainger County.

Spurling received the Leadership award and the Paramedic Student of the Year Award. Hurst received the Professional Development Award. Samsel received the Academic Award. Sparks received the Clinical Excellence Award, and Thomas received the Douglas Allen Johnston Award of Excellence.

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Walters State Community College’s 24th Paramedic Class received certificates during a recent ceremony at Walter State’s Morristown campus.