St. Lucian obtains US degree in EMT/paramedics

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St. Lucian obtains US degree in EMT/paramedics
Levi Peterkin
Levi Peterkin

A St.Lucian-born fireman may be the first to have undergone studies to become a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Paramedic in the United States.

Levi Peterkin, who was initially trained as an EMT here in Saint Lucia, recently completed an associate degree from the Laguardia Community College.

The 30-year-old, who hails from Bois Joli Road, Dennery, will now advance his studies in para medicine and is now fully qualified after years of intense study in New York.

Asked to comment on his achievement, (FM 501) Peterkin said he feels relieved, and noted that it was not an easy programme.

“It was very intense, physically, definitely mentally and it can affect you emotionally as well,” he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).

Peterkin said while he plans to return to serve his country at some point, he will be working to expand his experience first.

“The training is one thing, going out there and applying it is a different type of war. I want to refine my skills, increase my experience, and become more knowledgeable. I still need guidance and that I can’t get returning to the fire service,” he explained.

His past lecturer here, Craig Herman, said: “He has certainly made me proud to have been his lecturer and I wish to congratulate him nationally and publicly.”

Herman said students here have been featured on three full-colour pages of one of the United States two leading medical magazines.

“This milestone also introduces a new population of visitors to our island or at least gives a more positive view of the island from an emergency response and preparedness standpoint,” he added.

Herman said it is important to recognise and support the progressiveness, forward-thinking, determination and international quality achievements of St. Lucians.

Peterkin was a member of the St. Lucia Fire Service from March 30, 2005 before leaving on March 5, 2011 to pursue higher studies in the United States.

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  1. He needs to come back and serve the country for the study leave with pay he received... He needs to pay us tax payers back... How can he remain in the US after he got leave with pay!!!

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    • Peterkin said while he plans to return to serve his country at some point, he will be working to expand his experience first. So he never paid taxes too. Stupidness alone. Instead of praising and congratulating you wanna bring the man down shame on you. Congrats to the young man.

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      • Great response but Officers on study leave do pay taxes while out studying as it is an automatic process of deduction as the salary remains in force while the officer is out studying

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    • jealousy exposes every single 'hater' in this country! He DID say he was returning, but needs to expand on what he has learnt! Or is there a comprehension issue that you have???

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    • Educate yourself on study leave in Saint Lucia, but Officers on study leave do pay taxes while out studying as it is an automatic process of deduction as the salary remains in force while the officer is out studying

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  2. Hey Congrats to him but I don't think he is the first Mr.Pius Benjamin who work at St.Jude hospitals is fully qualified and has been working there for a while.

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    • If I read the story right and understood it I believe it reads that maybe the first Fire Fighter to have achieved paramedic Level Qualifications

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  3. The story says "May be the first" It never stated he is the first.It is obviously hard to determine if he is the first is a story wasn't published on the First. Congrats Levi. You have made this country proud. We urge you to come back to serve your homeland when you have acquired the necessary skills. I also urge you to keep advancing and take life saving seriously.

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      • That is incorrect as a Fire fighter here in Saint Lucia myself there are only 2 persons in Saint Lucia with such degrees and 1 with related degrees. That is also not correct as EMTs are trained at the certificate level and not Degrees.

        Further among all the EMTs in Saint Lucia there are only 6 licensed to practice here in Saint Lucia by the Licensing Authority the Allied Health Council under the Allied Health Practitioners Act No. 33 of 2006, not even my colleagues and the ambulance personnel on our ambulances at the fire service have the required license to practice here in Saint Lucia. Do the research to be adequately informed

        Congratulations my bro stay there if you can and expand your skills and knowledge and then return to improve on things.

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    • I believe you are correct and further it says "First Fighter"

      Congratulations my brother Saint Lucia needs people like you

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