EMSDuring a ceremony this morning at historic Faneuil Hall, twenty-three new emergency medical technicians graduated from the Boston EMS Academy, and two Deputy Superintendents and two Lieutenants were promoted. On behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Barbara Ferrer joined Chief James Hooley and Boston Emergency Medical Services to celebrate their accomplishments.

“We are so proud of this group of new EMTs and welcome them into service,” Dr. Ferrer said. “After rigorous training at the Boston EMS Academy, they will consistently provide the finest medical care possible to the residents of Boston. As EMTs, their presence alone will ease fears, they will respond to emergencies large and small, and most importantly, they will save lives. I am confident they will do so with poise, compassion, and the highest standards of care.”


Each graduate has their own reasons for joining Boston EMS and 14 of them had previously taken the department’s Community EMT course. EMT Taishana Lewis, of Roxbury, decided to become an emergency medical technician after a family member was the victim of a drive-by shooting. The family member survived, and Taishana decided she wanted to do more to give back to her community.

EMT Regina Suprin of Brighton said she first encountered a Boston EMS ambulance at a neighborhood event when she was 5 years old and has been interested in EMS ever since. EMT Paul O’Brien of Dorchester said, “To be able to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood meeting and helping different residents of this great city brings me a lot of joy.”

Chief Hooley told the audience, “At Boston EMS, we recognize the complexities of working in an urban environment and we hold our personnel to a high clinical standard. When these EMTs officially start tomorrow, we have the utmost confidence that they are best prepared to handle any situation set before them.”

The Boston EMS Academy is a rigorous 6-month training program that consists of classroom work, field instruction, exercises, and drills to prepare our EMTs to deliver unparalleled service. Those enrolled in the accredited Academy are already state certified EMTs. The training recruits receive ensures that they are physically and mentally prepared to deliver high-quality medical care to the citizens and visitors of Boston.

Also recognized for promotions were Paramedics Steve McHugh and Jack Pearsull, promoted to Deputy Superintendent / Shift Commander. Deputy Pearsull is currently responsible for the Research, Training, and Quality Improvement Division, which includes the EMT Academy. McHugh has 21 years experience at Boston EMS and Pearsull 14 years. EMTs John Cotter and Bob Barnes were promoted to Lieutenant. EMT Cotter has 17 years of experience and EMT Barnes is a 14 year veteran of our service.