SPRINGFIELD — Today, May 26, Springfield officials will join American Medical Response (AMR) to honor its first class of Earn While You Learn (EWYL) paramedics at the AMR Springfield headquarters. AMR will be congratulating 20 new paramedics, the first-ever graduating class of its kind from this paid-to-train program. The innovative program allows trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become paramedics. Of the 20 graduates, three previously graduated from the EWYL program as EMTs.
At Friday’s event, AMR, the city of Springfield’s EMS provider, will also honor numerous AMR employees and local first responders for saving lives and delivering babies.
The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at 595 Cottage St., Springfield. Among those expected to take part are AMR Regional Director Patrick Leonardo, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi, state Sen. Jacob Oliveira, state Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, Springfield City Councilor Zaida Govan, and AMR graduates.