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Vail Valley paramedic is valedictorian

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-Vail Valley, Colorado paramedic Josh Mauro was the valedictorian of his graduating class at the HealthONE EMS Paramedic Education Program at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.

Before the class, Mauro was a part-time emergency medical technician with the Eagle County Ambulance District, where he’d worked since 2004.

The agency sends one technician a year to the program to be certified a paramedic. Each student has tuition, fees and a portion of their salary paid for by the District, at approximately $35,000 per employee.

“We are committed to our employees and are proud to send a deserving EMT basic to the HealthONE program each year,” said Fred Morrison, general manager of the ambulance district. “Professional development is important in our line of work and our ultimate goal is to have the best paramedics serving our community.”

Mauro completed 1,800 hours of classroom study, 170 hours of clinical study and 170 hours of field study.

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“We could have made the mold out of Josh,” says HealthONE program director Dennis Edgerly. “Josh knows the whats, the whys and the hows to do his job well. He puts it all together when he’s in the field.

“But, he also knows how to stand by his patient and hold their hand,” Edgerly added. “ECAD students are better prepared than most. They’re doing the right stuff with their employees.”

ECAD now has 28 full-time paramedics on staff.

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