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Motlow State EMS Education Program graduates second class

second graduating class of Motlow State Community College's EMS education program The second graduating class of Motlow State Community College's EMS education program was recently recognized at ceremonies on the Moore County campus. Pictured front row, from left, Krista Hickerson, Williamson County, Rheannon Thomas, Moore County and Samantha Simmons, Lincoln County. Back row, from left, Drew Hooker, EMS program director at Motlow; Joe Sullenger, Coffee County; Michael Bice, Coffee County; Brandon Rowe, Rutherford County; Samantha Thornton, Franklin County; Stephen Alderman, Coffee County and Justus Smith, EMS program coordinator at Motlow.

LYNCHBURG, TN (Sept. 9, 2016) — Motlow State Community College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program recently graduated its second class, according to Drew Hooker, EMS program director.

"I am extremely proud of this group and the accomplishments that were obtained throughout the year," said Hooker.

There were eight graduates from the program, all from the immediate service area of the college, with each completing more than 1,200 hours of instruction and clinical time.

"These students have made deep sacrifices for this accomplishment," said Justus Smith, paramedic coordinator at Motlow State. "Becoming a paramedic is a major achievement and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of their education."

An achievement ceremony was held in concert with graduation ceremonies to recognize the top performing EMS students for the year.

Stephen Alderman of Tullahoma received the Top Student award in recognition for excellent academic and clinical achievement in the classroom setting. He is currently employed at Warren County EMS and Williamson Medical Center EMS.

Samantha Simmons of Fayetteville received the Most Improved Student award in recognition for steady improvement throughout the program. She is currently employed at Marshall County EMS.

Krista Hickerson of Franklin received the Leadership Award in recognition for excellent leadership and positive influence on fellow students and the program. She is currently employed at Williamson Medical Center EMS.

"Motlow EMS education stands for progressive treatment of the patients, utilizing today's most current medicine," said Hooker. "These students have continued that message. We hope they will go out into the community and help progress EMS in our immediate region."