The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States recognized City of Everett Firefighter Joseph Paterniti as Washington State EMT of the year, on June 6, at their State Convention in Yakama WA.
His Nomination was submitted from the Everett Fire Department to VFW Post 2100, Everett, WA.
Joseph is a graduate from Bothell High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington. He is a 22 year Veteran of the Everett Fire Department, graduating from the Fire Academy in 1992.
Joseph is certified as a Life Support Instructor, Fire Instructor One, Paramedic, Fire Officer One and Two, Senior EMS Instructor and Hazmat Incident Commander , an EMT Coordinator and Instructor at Everett Community College managing 25 instructors.
Joseph Originated, funded, equipped and trained 16 personnel for the EFD Honor Guard. He supervised, organized and coordinated various union activities including fundraising for Washington State Council of Firefighters and Northwest Burn Foundations
Joseph Paterniti joined the Navy in 1983 and is currently a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Reserves at Naval Station Everett, serving as Senior Enlisted Advisor for VTU 2205G. He also is Senior Enlisted of the Navy Honor Guard that performed over 100 Military funerals at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery last year.
In 2003 Senior Chief Paterniti was assigned as Battalion Chief for the Marine Corps in Iraq in charge of 63 Corpsmen providing medical care for 900 plus Marines in combat operations.
On November 13, 2013, Senior Chief Paterniti took a leave of absents from the Everett Fire Department to return to active duty with the Navy’s Wounded Warrior/Safe Harbor Program.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Congratulate Joseph for all the great work he has done for the Military, Community and the Everett Fire Department.