SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
Mike Patterson (2007)
Chief of Career Fire & EMS, Putnam County
Each week, St. Johns River State College will honor one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
For more than 30 years, Mike Patterson has dedicated his life to helping others. He began his career as a firefighter and paramedic, before rising through the chain of command to become Putnam County’s Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
Mike’s education began with earning his Associate in Arts (transfer) degree. He then attended Flagler College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration. Mike then enrolled in National Fire Academy’s program for Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification. An EFO certification is considered the equivalent of a master’s degree in the Fire and EMS industry and is extremely difficult to obtain.
Serving as the Chief of Career Fire and EMS for Putnam County, Mike takes the responsibilities of his position seriously and strives to protect and care for the community. Outside of the workplace, he volunteers as a personal safety and self-defense instructor. He also works with the Lee Conlee House, providing an insight for EMS personnel about domestic violence and domestic abuse.
Mike has received several awards throughout his academic and professional career, including be inducted into the Larry S. Jordon Florida EMS Hall of Fame, and receiving the Gator Fire Council Outstanding Leadership Award, the North Central Florida Trauma Agency Distinguished Award and the Shands Hospital UF Richard Greig Award for Outstanding Service to EMS.
Mike says he appreciates SJR State for boosting his education and career. “Attending St. Johns was an incredible experience,” he said. “There are some outstanding teachers and advisors at our college who sincerely care about every student; from right out of high school to non-traditional, returning students like myself . . . We are fortunate to have such a great college like SJR State right here in our community.”
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