Jared vanHoek completed his paramedic training at Polk State and now works for Polk County Fire Rescue in Mulberry.

Polk State-Trained Paramedic: “The Patient Always Comes First”

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Jared vanHoek completed his paramedic training at Polk State and now works for Polk County Fire Rescue in Mulberry.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared Jan. 5-9 First Responder Appreciation Week. Polk State College commends and thanks all those working in the public safety field. Here, News@Polk highlights Jared vanHoek, a firefighter/paramedic with Polk County…

Margaret Orozco, a Polk State alumna and firefighter/paramedic with the Lakeland Fire Department.

Polk State Grad Finds Fulfillment Each Day in Work as Paramedic

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Margaret Orozco, a Polk State alumna and firefighter/paramedic with the Lakeland Fire Department.

Two pivotal years and a Polk State degree set Margaret Orozco on a path she never thought possible, and in following it, she’s found fulfillment she never could have imagined. “I love coming to work,” said…

“Father of EMS” Makes Textbook Come to Life for Polk Students

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An education is built over time, assignment by assignment, lecture by lecture, course by course, semester by semester. Between registration and graduation, every day of a student’s education is a building block, a pivotal piece…

Tim Williams

Polk State EMS Student Helps Revive Man After Heart Attack

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Tim Williams

Even weeks afterward, Tim Williams still gets the chills when he thinks about the scene that unfolded at the Lakeland Family YMCA, during his shift at the check-in desk. And as he recounts the story…

Brian Prince and Rachel Radford have been recognized as the Polk State EMS Program's Instructor and Preceptor of the Year, respectively. Both are alumni of the program.

Polk State EMS Gives Annual Instructor, Preceptor Awards to Alumni

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Brian Prince and Rachel Radford have been recognized as the Polk State EMS Program's Instructor and Preceptor of the Year, respectively. Both are alumni of the program.

Polk State College’s Emergency Medical Services program presented its annual Instructor and Preceptor of the Year awards Saturday, recognizing two alumni who now dedicate countless hours to teaching current students. Receiving Instructor of the Year…

Polk State’s EMT Program Ranked Nationally for Return on Investment

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Polk State College’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program offers one of the nation’s highest returns on investment, a new ranking shows. The College’s inclusion in the ranking, as well as that of several other Florida…

Rachel Kinder received a Silver Garland award for her science-related volunteerism.

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate Student Wins Silver Garland Award

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Rachel Kinder received a Silver Garland award for her science-related volunteerism.

Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School student Rachel Kinder has received the county’s prestigious Silver Garland award for her more than 1,000 volunteer hours. The 37th annual Silver Garland award ceremony, co-sponsored by The Ledger…

Polk State EMT Students Now Best in State on Certification Exam

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Polk State’s Emergency Medical Services Program is now No. 1 in the state in terms of students passing the emergency medical technician licensing exam. More than 90 percent of students passed the National Registry of…

Polk State EMS students Lisa Barnes and Derek McBrayer helped revive a patient at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Polk State EMS Students Act Fast to Revive Patient

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Polk State EMS students Lisa Barnes and Derek McBrayer helped revive a patient at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Two Polk State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students have received praise for acting quickly to revive an unconscious patient at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Students Lisa Barnes and Derek McBrayer are currently completing paramedic clinical…

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