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LONG BEACH FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM

OUR FIRST MEDIC CLASS

In 1972, the Long Beach Fire Department sent its first class of firefighters to paramedic school.

The first Paramedic class is pictured here. From left to right: (first row) Dr. Irv Unger from Saint Mary’s Hospital , Chief Rizzo, John Acosta, Art Santavicca, Gary Olson, Pat Highfill, Dennis Weller, and John Christensen; (second row) City Manager Bob Creighton, Bill “Mad Dog” Kelly, Walt Gupton, Don Aselin, Bob Shue, Craig “Bird” Vestermark, Bob Parkins, Gary Robertson, Dennis Wynn, and Carl Scheu.

The first Paramedic class is pictured here. From left to right: (first row) Dr. Irv Unger from Saint Mary’s Hospital , Chief Rizzo, John Acosta, Art Santavicca, Gary Olson, Pat Highfill, Dennis Weller, and John Christensen; (second row) City Manager Bob Creighton, Bill “Mad Dog” Kelly, Walt Gupton, Don Aselin, Bob Shue, Craig “Bird” Vestermark, Bob Parkins, Gary Robertson, Dennis Wynn, and Carl Scheu.

Pictured here are John Acosta and Bob Parkins as they practice inserting IVs.

Pictured here are John Acosta and Bob Parkins as they practice inserting IVs.