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May 7, 2012

Students in Paramedic Program help clean up after tornado


paramedic studentsSeveral students in Cowley College’s Paramedic Program recently volunteered to clean up debris from the tornadoes that hit Wichita on April 14.  The students helped clean up areas of Oaklawn, specifically the 150-unit Pinaire Mobile Home Park, where more than 90 mobile homes sustained damage.

The tornado that ripped through Wichita caused more than $280 million in damage. According to the Wichita Business Journal, the City of Wichita has spent more than $1.3 million cleaning up after last month’s tornadoes.

Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair/EMS Education Program Director, said many of the students live around the Wichita area and were either directly or indirectly affected by the tornadoes.

J.T. Christopherson, who is a student in the Paramedic Program and is employed as a fireman in Wichita, spearheaded the student’s efforts.

“I am very proud of all of them for having the initiative to get involved with the community and give back in a time of need,” Cannon said.

Along with Christopherson, other Paramedic Program students that helped with the cleanup efforts were James Blake, Eli Douglass, Crista Kronmiller, Dylan Dishon, Israel Machado, Cameron Delgado, Jenny Smith, and Tamara King.

For more information on the Cowley College Paramedic Program contact 620-221-3392 or go to

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