New class of firefighters and paramedics graduates

January 22, 2013 2:54:04 PM PST
A new class of Chicago firefighters and paramedics graduated Tuesday and for some, it was a long time coming.

Fifty fire paramedics and 19 firefighters took the oath at a ceremony.

The firefighters are part of the "Lewis Class", a group that applied and passed the 1995 exam but who didn't receive a job opportunity due to their test score.

After a lawsuit and a Supreme Court ruling, they were allowed to reapply.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and ABC7 News Traffic Anchor Roz Varon took part in the ceremony.