Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta joined friends and family to congratulate the newest EMS responders at York College Wednesday.Ninety-six trainees were promoted to emergency medical technicians, and 18 others will take on the job of paramedic.

"The technology and the hardware and new equipment are important, but we need people like you willing to work hard for others, day or night, rain or snow,” said Scoppetta. “You are what makes this department great."

All graduates have completed training at the EMS Academy and will be assigned to various stations throughout the city.