Prairie State College announces basic firefighter and EMT graduates

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z Prairie State College announces basic firefighter and EMT graduatesFor The Times
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College recently held graduation ceremonies for the Basic Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician programs.

The 2013 graduates of the Basic Firefighter program were Chrissy Berrettoni, Brian Hensley, Joseph Hudik, Zachary Chandler, and Stavros Veliotis, of Crete; Robert Butterfield, Christian Christmas, Darnell Talbert, Quinnest Daniels, Latreaviette Watkins, and DeAndre Dickerson, of Sauk Village; Jewell Johnson and Robert Zaja, of Chicago; Kevin Luther and Brian Desiderio, of Chicago Heights; Thomas Comise, of Monee; Jeremiah Thrall, of Flossmoor; and David Dennison, of Homewood.

The keynote speaker for the Basic Firefighter ceremony was Michael Vittori, captain of the Chicago Heights Fire Department. The student speaker was Chrissy Berretoni, who is joining the Crete Fire Department. The master of ceremonies for the Basic Firefighter ceremony was Rich Atwood, PSC’s basic firefighter coordinator.

The 2013 EMT program graduates were Kayla Adams, Joshua Cano, Evan Davenport, Shana Davis, Jonathan R. Gonzalez, Gregory S. Ingram, Mary Ivy Odaise, and Jalisa M.N. Williams, of Chicago Heights; Allison Arbuthnot, of Monee; Amber Briscoe, of Dyer; Ashley Marie Capers, Brandon Wade Roberts, and Dale D.J. Staska, of Homewood; Kyle Cayton, Steven M. Dees, Adam Kolberg, and Joel C. Stanford, of Park Forest; William Eberhardt and Ladayia Johnson, of Crete; Salena Johnson, of University Park; Richie T. Pauley and Edward John Peppler, of Beecher; Taylor Kent Ramsey, of Matteson; Lindsey E. Richardson, of Country Club Hills; and Y. Renee Richburg,, of Ford Heights.

The keynote speaker for the EMT graduation was Bruce Ziegle, chief of the Park Forest Fire Department. Allison Arbuthnot and Salena Johnson were recognized as valedictorians for completing the EMT course with the top score.

The Basic Firefighter program at PSC prepares students to become municipal firefighters and take the state fire marshal exam. The program follows the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

The EMT program prepares students to take the state certification exam to obtain a license to work on an ambulance crew or in an emergency room.

For more information about the Basic Firefighter or EMT program, contact Patty Zuccarello, interim dean, health and industrial technology, at (708) 709-2947 or

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