Observing the 18th anniversary of 9/11 and praying for the lives lost that day, the Lebanon Catholic School community welcomed first responders to a Blue Mass to pray for their safety and express gratitude for their service.
Father Robert Gillelan, pastor of Assumption BVM Parish in Lebanon and principal celebrant, blessed St. Michael prayer cards that were distributed to the honored guests, as well as first-responder vehicles on site.
During the Mass, Deb Waters, school principal, also recognized seven Lebanon Catholic students participating in an EMT class as part of a co-op with ELCO High School in Myerstown. At the completion of the program, the students will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s certification exam for a Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician certification, with the ability to practice medicine as EMTs in the state.
The students will gain certification in CPR, hazardous materials awareness and the National Incident Management System, and participate in a field internship program, which requires them to complete a minimum of 36 hours of time on a local ambulance and participate in patient care under the supervision of a certified EMT or paramedic.
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness