Fire Fighter Joel Cruz graduates from the UCLA Paramedic Education Program. Photos by Douglas G. Morrison.
by Nicole Mooradian
After about eight months of hard work, Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Joel Cruz graduated Thursday, Sept. 8, as part of UCLA Paramedic Education Program Class 51.
“It was tough,” Cruz said.
Before graduation, Cruz spent time in the classroom, hospital and field to receive advanced training in emergency medical procedures.
Throughout the course, Cruz received support from outside and inside the Department.
“Thank you to my wife, Cynthia … and my daughter, Emma, and son, Noah,” Cruz said. He also thanked his preceptors at Fire Station 130-B.
The graduation ceremony took place at the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.