Faxton St. Lukes Healthcare Paramedic Program
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The Faxton St. Lukeís Healthcare Paramedic Program is offered at the Education & Training Center at Faxton-St. Lukes EMS Education, 14 Foery Drive, Utica, NY 13501, with classes starting each August and concluding the following June.

Faxton-St. Lukeís EMS offers students the opportunity to earn their EMT-Paramedic and we are nationally accredited. 

We offer transfer opportunity to Herkimer College and Mohawk Valley Community College for a AAS in Paramedicine. Graduates are provided with the education necessary to function in the pre-hospital environment as an emergency medical services professional.

The 21st century Paramedic provides immediate and often life-saving emergency medical care to patients while on-scene and during transport to medical facilities.

Successful graduates will be eligible for New York State Certification as well as certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.



Robert Paddock

Robert Paddock has been a co-instructor of Faxton St. Lukeís Healthcare Paramedic Program for the last 16 years. Bob is a 2001 graduate of the Paramedic Program and taught numerous Basic and Critical Care classes before joining the program as an instructor. Bob has been in the fire service and EMS for over 38 years and retired as Village of Ilion NY Fire Chief/Paramedic. He remains active as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Fayetteville Fire and EMS and is still a member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department. Bob is a 1984 graduate of HCCC and earned his Bachelorís Degree from SUNY IT in 1986. He also completed his Masterís Degree in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University.
Please call Bob with any questions at 315-867-0340


David Paddock

David Paddock has been a co-instructor of Faxton St. Lukeís Healthcare Paramedic Program for the past 16 years. He has been involved in EMS education for more than 28 years instructing every level from Certified First Responder through Critical Care Technician. He is a 1994 graduate of Faxton St. Lukeís Paramedic Program and has been actively practicing EMS for the past 34 years. Dave is a graduate of Utica College with a BA in history and he completed his Masterís Degree in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University. Dave retired as a Deputy Fire Chief/Paramedic from the Ilion Fire Department and remains active as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Fayetteville Fire and EMS as well as a member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department.
Please call Dave with any questions at 315-867-0281


Joe Taylor

Joe Taylor has been an EMS instructor since 1970 teaching CFR, Basic, Intermediate, Critical Care and Paramedic courses. Joe graduated from Mt. St. Maryís College in 1963 with a Bachelorís Degree in Education. His graduate work at SUNY-Oswego and Syracuse University earned him permanent certification in history and in Secondary Administration and Supervision. He taught at Proctor High School in Utica for 18 years. Joe started AmCare Ambulance Service in Rome, NY in 1981 and still works as a street Paramedic. Joe is a Regional Faculty member for the NYSDOH and has written a number of EMS articles, pamphlets, and training aids for EMS education. He is currently the Dean of Faculty for Faxton-St. Lukeís EMS Education.


Erik Merrell

Erik Merrell has been the Lab Coordinator of Faxton St. Lukeís Healthcare Paramedic Program for the past 3 years. He has been involved in EMS education for 20 years starting off as a lab evaluator, Certified Lab Instructor and now a Certified Instructor Coordinator. He is a 2004 graduate of Faxton St. Lukeís Paramedic Program and has been actively practicing EMS for the past 20 years. In addition to the Paramedic Program Erik also teaches the day time EMT class at Faxton St Lukeís.

For more information contact us at
paramedic@midstateEMS.org