Paramedic Students Train Hard in Valdosta

by Ben Wolf
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"I had a health problem of my own that required surgery and some extensive recovery time, and during that time I realized how excellent the health care system was in Thomasville and south Georgia, and I wanted to become a part of the health care system that saved my life," said Ronnie Ezell.

Ronnie Ezell talks about why he will soon become a licensed paramedic in the state of Georgia.

To do so a nine month EMT intermediate program must be completed. Then a national registry written and practical exam must be passed in order to apply for an EMT intermediate license.

Next, a five quarter EMT paramedic program, followed by another set of national registry written and practical exams must be passed in order for Ronnie to achieve his goal.

So far this year the South Georgia Medical Center has responded to nearly 27 calls a day and students at Val Tech say saving lives is their passion.

"It makes you feel good when you go out and help people, you know? You make them feel better," said Val Tech student Nancy Patterson.

"There was this child not breathing, limp, and we got the baby incubated, started CPR and got the baby back," said Val Tech student Jamie Cooper.

All of the students currently enrolled in award winning paramedic instructor Barbara Tucker's class work as EMTs while they finish their paramedic training.

Val Tech offers the EMT intermediate course in addition to the paramedic course.