The latest group of future paramedics recently graduated from the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Training Academy, which produces most of the first-responders from south Lake County departments.
Shown (back row, from left) are Steve Fugaj, program lead instructor; Michael Streeter, DO, medical director; students Fred Brazzale, of Calumet City; Jamie White, of Hebron; Robert Madon, of Hammond; Marvin Miller, of Munster; and Rob Dowling, academy program director and hospital coordinator of emergency medical services and preparedness. Also, (front row, from left) students Casimir Rosinski, class valedictorian, of Valparaiso; Anthony Flynn, of Crown Point; Josh Blanton, of Demotte, who was the Don Hess Memorial Scholarship recipient; Valentino Trevino, of Highland; and Mary Zamitis, of Demotte. The scholarship award is named for Hess, longtime academy director, who died in 2011, and was the mentor of his successor, Dowling. For more information on the program, call (219) 757-6461.