Twenty students graduated Feb. 22 after completing a year long Paramedic course at Avera McKennan School of Emergency Services in Sioux Falls. Three local students in the course were Joe Hook of Akron, Cathy Bushby and Payne Allen of Hawarden. Students attended lectures with regular testing, completed time in various areas of a hospital, and had to complete 320 hours of ride time with a Paramedic service. After graduation students still have to pass the national written test before becoming an official paramedic. Those in the class included, front row (l-r), Chris DiSanto, Cathy Bushby, Paul Rossum, Ripley Bresson, Payne Allen, Gretchen Baumgarn, Alan Barbeau, Brook Busselman, Mark Lynch, Jesse Bean. Second row, Michael Olivier, John Krohn, Brennen Oliverius, Sara Swift, Alan Perry. Back row, Jacob Meyers, Alexander Bitton, Joe Hook, Andrew Turner, and Patrick Farrens.