The first responders in training who sprang into action the night of the deadly West explosion, will finally graduate. Friday at 7:00, West EMS will hold a graduation ceremony for the first class of new EMT's since the explosion.
This graduating class of EMT's was in its last week of training when the explosion happened. After more than three months, their family and friends will be there to congratulate them on graduating.
Just two weeks before the April blast, the trainees had gone through several mass casualty scenarios as apart of their training, but none as big as what they experienced.
That night, they lost four of their comrades and 14 others were injured, several of whom had to have surgery to remove shrapnel from the explosion.
West EMS Director of Operations Tom Marek says after allowing them time to grieve and heal, the candidates will finally be able to celebrate all of their accomplishments.
"The students are ready to move on. They want to put April 17th in the back of their minds," said Marek. "They'll never forget it but they're to the point they want to move on and show everybody that they can be certified they showed us that night."
The families of the fallen first responders are expected to attend as they also honor those they lost.
Marek says that though this class was close before, there's even more of a bond between them now, after what they've all been through.