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Class of new Gwinnett County paramedics graduates

LAWRENCEVILLE — Nearly three dozen new Gwinnett County paramedics participated in a graduation ceremony last week.

Led by Gwinnett County Fire Chief Casey Snyder and other county dignitaries, the event at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center honored 31 firefighter graduates following 18 months of training. Paramedics Corey Bowles and David Williams received awards for the highest grade-point average in the class, and Blake Mattison was given the “Star of Life” award — chosen for someone who displays “the fundamental responsibility of a paramedic … to conserve life, to alleviate suffering, to promote health, to do no harm and to encourage the quality and equal availability of emergency medical care.”

Lt. Adam Smith was recognized by the class as the adjunct instructor who helped them the most.

Overall, the class’s 97 percent national registry pass rate was the highest-ever for Gwinnett County fire paramedics.