DSU’s Emergency Medical Services Program receives $20,000 contribution from AT&T

By Jyl Hall

In a ceremony where words like “commitment,” “bravery,” and “gratitude” were used frequently, four students in Dixie State University’s Emergency Medical Services Program—Adam Scott, Mathew Valdez, Kassidy Weller and Weston Viets—were awarded scholarship funds to support their first responder training on Nov. 29.

Adam Scott, speaking on behalf of the students, noted, “I decided to become a paramedic because I want to help people. All of us who undertake first responder training want to be out there making a difference in our communities. I appreciate AT&T helping us reach our educational and professional goals.”

“Our Emergency Medical Services Program has been preparing students for career opportunities in the first responder network for 21 years,” said Drew Wilcox, EMS DSU Healthcare Diagnostics & Therapeutics Department Chair Department Chair. “Hundreds of students have gone through the program. Many have found meaningful careers and are helping people in need, keeping our communities safe and saving lives.”

“AT&T is committed to education, building connected communities and keeping people safe by supporting our first responders,” said Tara Thue, President, AT&T-Utah. “We are honored to partner with DSU in its efforts to provide education and career opportunities for dedicated students who are willing to be on the front lines as first responders.”

Eli Bermudez, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, reminded the group that “the St. George area is growing and will continue to grow at a rapid pace. More people means more demand for the types of services that first responders provide. We are grateful for AT&T’s commitment to help our community keep pace and meet the needs for that growth by helping support our future first responders.”