Nine Yavapai County first-responders have taken their skills to the next level, earning paramedic certification from the Yavapai College Emergency Medical Services program.

The nine newly certified paramedics celebrated the achievement with their classmates and family members during a Paramedic Completion Ceremony Jan. 17 at YC’s Prescott campus. The new paramedics currently work for a variety of fire departments, ambulance services and hospitals across Yavapai County. All are expected to also earn Associate of Applied Science degrees in paramedicine from YC at the end of the current semester.

YC Lead Paramedic Instructor, Bryan Smith, said the Paramedic Class 11 “crushed” the National Registry Exam, earning a 100-percent, first-time pass rate.

Dr. Chris Lampe, medical director for YC’s EMS program, congratulated the new paramedics via video, telling them to revel in their accomplishments. “Don’t ever forget what an honor it is and how hard you’ve worked to get here.”

Multiple area first-response agencies and hospitals provided real world training and clinics for the YC paramedic students.

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Following are the newly certified paramedics and the agencies they represent:

Benjamin Brewer, Williamson Valley Fire Department
Jonathan Damschroder, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Ashley Dendy, Williamson Valley Fire Department
Matthew Griffiths, Williamson Valley Fire Department
Noah Hogue, American Medical Response
Matthew Jones, YRMC and Life Line Ambulance Services
Michelle Oest, Life Line Ambulance Services
Rodrigo Ojeda, Cottonwood Fire Department
Fiona Smith, Life Line Ambulance Services