Photo of the Week: Third-generation paramedic celebrates graduation

Elyzabeth Martinez, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, is a member of Life EMS Ambulance’s largest-ever graduating class


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By EMS1 staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Life EMS Ambulance celebrated its largest graduating class of paramedics from its Innovation and Education Centre this month.

A total of 20 paramedics graduated, 19 of which are employed by Life EMS Ambulance and will be serving communities throughout West Michigan.

“We are so very proud of this graduating class and the level of skills, knowledge and compassion these men and women will bring to the communities Life EMS Ambulance serves,” said Mark Meijer, founder and president of Life EMS Ambulance.

Amongst the graduates is Elyzabeth Martinez, 19, a third-generation first responder. The advancement from EMT to paramedic reinforces Martinez’s commitment of following in the first responder footsteps of her father and grandfather. Her father, Joaquin Martinez, is currently a captain with the Grand Rapids Fire Department, and her grandfather, Pablo Martinez, is a retired GRFD fire investigator.

(From left to right) Tim Newton, director of education, Life EMS Ambulance; Elyzabeth Martinez, paramedic graduate; and Mark Meijer, founder and president of Life EMS Ambulance celebrate Martinez' graduation. (Courtesy/Life EMS Ambulance)
Graduating Paramedic Elyzabeth Martinez is pictured held by her father, Joaquin Martinez, who is currently a captain with the Grand Rapids Fire Department. (Courtesy/Life EMS Ambulance)
Graduating paramedics – the largest-ever graduating class from Life EMS Ambulance’s Innovation and Education Centre. (Courtesy/Life EMS Ambulance)

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