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Seminole State honors first responders during Appreciation Week

Seminole State trains more than 1,800 future first responders and emergency personnel annually in criminal justice, EMS and fire science/firefighting.

In appreciation for the first responders who serve our community, Seminole State College of Florida is again joining Governor Rick Scott in celebrating Florida First Responder Appreciation Week.

Scott issued a statement declaring Jan. 9-13 as the official Appreciation Week for 2017. This is the third consecutive year Scott has dedicated a week to honor and encourage first responders.

In a statement announcing the declaration, Scott paid tribute to the first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016, those who risked their lives while responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting, and the servicemen and women who participated in the rescue efforts during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. 

Scott also encouraged all Floridians to “take time out of their day to show first responders and their families how much we value their service to our cities, counties and state.”

In an email to faculty and staff, Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee thanked the faculty, staff, students and alumni who serve as law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs.   

“Even as we mourn the loss of an Orlando Police officer and Orange County deputy, we’re especially grateful for the first responders who courageously risk and sacrifice their lives to keep us safe,” she wrote.

Many of Central Florida’s first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, trained in Seminole State's Center for Public Safety. The College trains more than 1,800 future first responders and emergency personnel annually in criminal justice, emergency medical services and fire science/firefighting.

Seminole State offers several degree and certificate programs through the Center for those interested in pursuing a career in public safety. The Spring Term is underway, but many programs occur on a rolling basis throughout the year, so there’s still time to apply for admission and register for courses. To learn more, visit the Center for Public Safety online.

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