The day of graduation is an event that everyone who takes part in will never forget. Families and friends come together to celebrate the achievement, and students express their enthusiasm regarding their prospects for the future. But when duty beckons, one must go, and it makes no difference what the occasion is. You pick up the phone and respond.
Six students from Long Island High School have recently graduated, but receiving their diplomas isn’t the only thing they’ll remember from high school. According to a post made on Facebook by the Port Jefferson Fire Department, members of the department were responding to a garage fire while taking photos following the ceremony.
According to Eric Haruthunian, the principal of the pupils, the volunteer firemen were named as follows: Ryan Parmegiani, Kasumi Layne-Stasik, Hunter Volpi, Andrew Patterson, Shane Hartig, and Peter Rizzo. The ages of the students range anywhere from 17 to 18 years old.
They immediately stopped what they were doing as they heard the alert and went to investigate.
Rizzo, who is only 17 years old, related the following story to Good Morning America: “We were still in our gowns, and we still had our degrees with us, and we peeled off our gowns.” “I was completely unaware that I was still wearing my tie,” the speaker said.
When one is confronted with a crisis, it is not unusual for them to be unaware of what is ahead. In this particular instance, the students were called to extinguish a blaze that had broken out at the residence of one of their fellow grads.
According to the Port Jefferson Fire Chief Christian Neubert, the classmate was traveling back home after attending the commencement ceremony. Christian went on to say that while two of the students were on the first engine to arrive at the scene, the other four were on a ladder truck.
The fire was promptly put out, so no one was hurt, and there were no serious consequences.
Because they began their careers as junior volunteer firefighters when they were still in their early teens, several of the six students who rushed to the scene of the blaze had been preparing for an emergency of this nature for many years.
Even though all six had put in a lot of work in the gym, “you never really know how somebody is going to perform until they are really out there doing it,” Christian said.
The Port Jefferson Fire Department announced on their Facebook page that they had eight total members graduate from Port Jefferson High School this year. “Each one of them has demonstrated an incredible amount of dedication to the Department as well as the community. They have made us extremely proud, and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their education at the collegiate level in the autumn.
Everyone is thankful to the pupils for their deeds and wishes them the best.
The pupils revealed the night before that, the night before, they joked about what would happen if a fire erupted on the same day that they graduated from high school. The punchline is that it really did take place. And they did an excellent job of handling it.
According to 18-year-old Ryan Parmegiani, even if their graduation day did not conclude in the most conventional fashion, it will still be one to remember because of the significance of the event.
Ryan added, “I got more pictures of me at the fire than I did at the graduation.” “But on the whole, I recall it (both) as a nice recollection to be able to look back on and as a cool narrative to be able to tell other people.”