Allison Adams wanted to be a firefighter since she was a little girl.
For firefighter/paramedic Chad Ham, being able to help someone in a moment of need is the greatest job satisfaction there is.
Congratulations to O’Fallon Fire Protection District crew members Kevin Davis and Matt Braile, who recently received much-deserved OFPD promotions.
O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach To Surprise Three High School Students With Scholarship Awards Monday
Fire trucks with lights and sirens arrived at three O’Fallon homes on Monday, May 4, but they weren’t there for an emergency. They were surprising three high school seniors with $1,200 scholarships.
The students were chosen from a pool of applicants from Fort Zumwalt North High School, Fort Zumwalt West High School, Christian High School, St. Dominic High School and Hope High School.
O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach streamed the check presentations live on their Facebook page facebook.com/ofallonfirefighterscommunityoutreach.
The scholarship recipients for 2020 were:
Matthew Lange, Fort Zumwalt West High School
Matthew Lange wants to make a difference as a first responder. Since the age of six, he has wanted to be a firefighter, but a few years ago, when he was unable to help his great grandfather during a medical emergency, he knew he had to become a first responder. Lange excelled academically in high school and his teachers noted that he stood out as a natural leader, who was always there to help others.
Roman Bishop, Fort Zumwalt North High School
Roman Bishop has his sights set on becoming an orthopedic surgeon. After overcoming two major sport injuries during his middle school and high school sports careers, he developed a desire to help future athletes overcome their injuries and get back to the sports they love. Bishop is a successful student academically, and his teachers describe him as having a strong work ethic and a passion for science. He is an active volunteer basketball referee for Upward Sports, and serves as a field manager for the River City Rascals.
Sara Harris, Hope High School
Sucide and depression are a daily struggle for many high school students. After Harris’s best friend passed away at the age of 16, she knew she wanted to do everything she could to help teens learn to cope and prevent them from feeling alone in this world. After graduation, she will work toward becoming a therapist where she can help teens who are struggling. Her teachers describe her as a hardworking, determined and self-motivated student who is always there for her peers.
Our commitment to protecting our community continues through the COVID-19 pandemic situation. We are still just a 911 call away if an emergency arises.
O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach offers an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,200 to a student from each of the five high schools (Fort Zumwalt North High School, Fort Zumwalt West High School, Christian High School, St. Dominic High School and Hope High School) in the O’Fallon Fire Protection District. The scholarship must be used for higher education in an accredited technical, trade, vocational or certificate-level program, or for a degree in the emergency services field. Proof of enrollment will be required for the scholarship to be awarded.
1. Must be a high school senior attending one of the above five high schools.
2. Dependents or children of O’Fallon Fire Protection District employees are ineligible.
1. Complete online application with all required documentation.
2. Upload two letters of recommendation from a non-relative.
3. Upload essay.
4. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2021.