Seminole County

Seminole County teen with lifelong firefighting dreams awarded scholarship to paramedic school

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seth Reynolds’ lifelong dream to become a firefighter came one step closer to reality on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old graduated Tuesday from EMT school at First Response Training School in Orange County and learned the school will provide him a full scholarship worth $9,000 to paramedic school.


Channel 9 first aired a story about Reynolds’ career dreams in December. His mentor since he was 5 years old — Lt. Jeff Vining of the Seminole County Fire Department — was present for his graduation and scholarship announcement.

“It was an awesome feeling. I mean, I was so happy when he told me this was his graduation day that he wanted me to be here,” Vining said.

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Reynolds said it’s his ultimate goal to work alongside Vining at Station 29.

First, Reynolds has to pass his national registry EMT exam before entering paramedic school and fire school.

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Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich,

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.