Seven Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and three Fairfax County Police Department, personnel received their National Registry Paramedic certification June 18.

They received certification after 10 months of intense training. The training was a joint effort between the department and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Fire Chief John Butler was on hand to offer words of encouragement and to congratulate the paramedic students on their tremendous accomplishment.

Congratulations to the following Firefighter and (now) Paramedics:

  • Lieutenant Jamal Hudson
  • Technician Juan DiMartino
  • Firefighter Ruth Ballard
  • Firefighter Melissa Cary
  • Firefighter Heather Funkhouser
  • Firefighter Jonathan Hughes
  • Firefighter Linda Lee

Even though they have successfully certified, these students will intern for approximately six months in the field with a preceptor before being fully turned over to practice as a paramedic.

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