Training program honors dedicated retiring EMT instructors

The EMT Training Program at SUNY Fredonia recently honored two retiring EMT instructors who have given a total of 75 years of service to the education of EMTs. The two instructors started teaching with the program in the 1970s and have helped train more than 1,000 Emergency Medical Technicians.

Eric Skowronski, from the Office of Lifelong Learning and Special Programs at SUNY Fredonia, presented plaques to Michael Valvo and Michael Pryzybycien before the current EMT class.

Valvo, who retired last year, joined the program at its start and served as an EMT instructor for 40 years. A WWII veteran, Valvo earned a Purple Heart and the Silver Star during his service with the U.S. Army. A member of the Forestville Fire Department, Valvo is also an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and a NYS DOH Certified Lab Instructor for EMT training.

Michael Pryzybycien, who will retire at the end of the next course, has been an EMT Instructor for 35 years. Pryzybycien is a member of the Sheridan Fire Department and has held multiple class certifications over his years as an instructor.

Stephen Cobb, current Instructor-Coordinator for the EMT training program, noted that “these two individuals have dedicated much of their lives to serving their communities and instructing new EMTs. They have performed these tasks with a very high degree of professionalism. They will be sorely missed from the training program.”

The EMT program at Fredonia is run through the NYS Department of Health and is sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia Office of Lifelong Learning. The program runs an original basic EMT course starting in August and an EMT refresher course that begins in January each year.