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Monday November 20, 2017

2017 NCSFA Scholarship and Grant Recipients

The North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Board and Staff are proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship and Grant recipients.  NCSFA awards $252,000 in scholarships and grants divided amongst our 3 regions.  The scholarships and grants are awarded to qualified NCSFA member firefighters and children of our member firefighters. We are proud to be able to help so many and invest in their future.  Congratulations to the 2017 recipients!

George Horace Moore Scholarship      
Eastern            
Kirsten P. Miller High School Associates Rock Ridge  
Amanda L. Barnette High School Associates New Hanover County  
Ashley D. Mooney High School Associates Fairfield  
Kylie R. Hutson High School Bachelor’s Moyock  
Megan E. Williams High School Bachelor’s Windsor  
Matthew C. Etheridge High School Bachelor’s Kenly  
Alan D. Griffin Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Carolina Beach  
Cameron C. Glenn Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Eastern Pines  
Kayla R. Jones Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Hargett’s Crossroads  
Travis C. Johnson Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Strickland Cross Roads  
Richard J. Smith Career Firefighter Associate’s Duck  
Kyle D. Brantley Career Firefighter Associate’s Archer Lodge  
Ronnie M. Flowers Career Firefighter Bachelors Washington  
John T. Moore Career Firefighter Bachelors Wilson  
             
Herbert D. Garmon Scholarship        
Piedmont            
Madison L. Adams High School Associates Eastwood  
Clayton E. Vaughn High School Associates Ridgecrest  
Cara N. Smith High School Bachelor’s Greensboro  
Kynley N. Fulp High School Bachelor’s Walkertown  
Dakota R. Goins High School Bachelor’s Laurel Hill  
Jacob E. Kline Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Westfield  
Seth C. Brim Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Westfield  
April F. Knight Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Mineral Springs  
Tristan H. Grubbs Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s State Road  
John W. Underhill, II Career Firefighter Associate’s Wendell Holmes Rural  
David W. Strickland Career Firefighter Associate’s Fayetteville  
Jennifer M. Thompson Career Firefighter Associate’s Village of Pinehurst  
Brian L. Couch Career Firefighter Bachelors Cary  
Kenneth T. Yahiku Career Firefighter Bachelors Raleigh  
             
George M. Bartlett Scholarship        
Western            
David C. Worley High School Associate’s Broad River  
Preston D. Lingerfelt High School Associates Cherryville  
Cody D. James High School Associates Central Alexander  
Arthur J. Manning High School Bachelor’s South Point  
Logan A. Hedrick High School Bachelor’s Oxford Fire Protection Assoc.  
Rachel L. Robinson High School Bachelor’s Hiwassee Dam  
Rickey A. Rhoney, Jr. Vol. Firefighter Associate’s Triple Community  
Sean   Sullivan Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s West Macon  
John F. Cochran Vol. Firefighter Bachelor’s Idlewild  
Jeffrey D. Kanupp Career Firefighter Associate’s Hickory  
Joshua A. Funderburk Career Firefighter Associate’s Kannapolis  
Aaron L. Kennedy Career Firefighter Associate’s Statesville  
Gregory S. Summitt Career Firefighter Bachelors Kannapolis  
Steven J. Madorin Career Firefighter Bachelors Concord  
             
Paul F. Miller Master’s Degree Scholarship      
Eastern Jeremy W. Anderson Volunteer/Career Masters Shine Rural
Piedmont Christopher D. Belcher Volunteer/Career Masters Winston-Salem
Western Christopher A. Thompson Volunteer/Career Masters Mooresville
           
NCSFA Grant Program          
Eastern            
Matthew N. Barwick Volunteer Grant Kenansville  
David   Batten Volunteer Grant North Whiteville  
Edward D. Weigl Volunteer Grant Number 7 Township

of Craven County

 
Donald L. Burns Career Grant Wilmington  
Michael J. Rouse Career Grant Sampson County

Fire Marshal’s Office

 
             
Piedmont            
Jason A. Burkholder Career Grant Surry County

Fire Marshal’s Office

 
E.G.   Burr Career Grant Garner  
 

 

2016 NCSFA Scholarship Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 NCSFA Scholarship Award Recipients. We wish you every success in your academic future and are proud to be able to contribute by awarding you a well deserved scholarship.

George Horace Moore Scholarship

EasternBreannaM.SilenceHigh SchoolAssociatesVerona
AllisonK.GriffinHigh SchoolAssociatesBethel Community Fire Protection Association
JerriT.BlackmanHigh SchoolAssociatesColumbus County FMO
JoshuaL.JerniganHigh SchoolBachelor’sGrantham
HannahL.CarnerHigh SchoolBachelor’sElizabeth City
BrittanyW.PittardHigh SchoolBachelor’sRheasville
JohnA.DeeseVol. FirefighterAssociate’sQueheel
NicholasA.WillisVol. FirefighterAssociate’sPrinceton
JamesS.MooreVol. FirefighterBachelor’sElevation
KevinS.Marks, Jr.Vol. FirefighterBachelor’sBattleboro / H.L. Harrison
ChistopherT.BrockCareer FirefighterAssociate’sBattleboro / H.L. Harrison
AdamT.BrownCareer FirefighterAssociate’sSelma
MichaelB. SmithCareer FirefighterBachelorsLeland
BrentT.HamiltonCareer FirefighterBachelorsWashington

Herbert D. Garmon Scholarship

PiedmontTannerC.SmithHigh SchoolAssociatesEast Side
LoganW.WhitakerHigh SchoolAssociatesDanbury
MakaylaL.StuartHigh SchoolAssociatesApex
TrevorL.CollinsHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreensboro
MadeleineC.HeynHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreensboro
AustinC.SharpeHigh SchoolBachelor’sClemmons
EmilyR.SpechtVol. FirefighterAssociate’sPinecroft Sedgefield
CodyW.JoynerVol. FirefighterAssociate’sFair Grove
TammyS.PattersonVol. FirefighterBachelor’sMineral Springs
DarrenF.ZiglarVol. FirefighterBachelor’sWalkertown
AdamH.StuartCareer FirefighterAssociate’sApex
JosephA.DixonCareer FirefighterAssociate’sFayetteville
MarkA.SapierCareer FirefighterBachelorsGuilford County FMO
JasonD.MyersCareer FirefighterBachelorsThomasville

George M. Bartlett Scholarship

WesternZacharyC.HinsonHigh SchoolAssociate’sConover
JoscelynM.SharpHigh SchoolAssociatesAndrews
AnthonyD.LittleHigh SchoolAssociatesMills River
JaredL.WardHigh SchoolBachelor’sGreen River
JordanT.SturgisHigh SchoolBachelor’sLenoir
AnaG.ReevesHigh SchoolBachelor’sWilkesboro
CodyA.DurkeeVol. FirefighterAssociate’sMarion
SeanSullivanVol. FirefighterAssociate’sWest Macon
MichaelT.WaltonVol. FirefighterBachelor’sDrexel
CorbinA.HylandVol. FirefighterBachelor’sRobinson
MarkR.StaffordCareer FirefighterAssociate’sConover
JonathanC.WhisnantCareer FirefighterAssociate’sGastonia
BryanC.MooreCareer FirefighterBachelorsSkyland
ShaneE.MacheyCareer FirefighterBachelorsAsheville

Paul F. Miller Master’s Degree Scholarship

EasternDonaldL.BurnsVolunteer & CareerMastersWilmington
PiedmontMathewG.BrittVolunteer & CareerMastersSeven Lakes
WesternKevinA.GordonVolunteer & CareerMastersWaco Community

NCSFA Grant Program

EasternOleD.KoehmstedtVolunteerGrantCleveland
RyanD.BensonCareerGrantCleveland
MathewW.CoxCareerGrantBald Head Island
PiedmontE.G.BurrCareerGrantGarner

Gastonia fire chief overseeing state firemen’s association

 

Chief Phil Welch, Gastonia Fire Department

 

Michael Barrett
To some people, becoming the president of an organization means you’re finally able to kick up your heels and let the underlings do the dirty work.

A longtime colleague of Gastonia Fire Chief Phillip Welch Jr., the newly appointed president of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association, said that’s the last thing that will happen in this case.

“Phil is a great individual and very dedicated. He’s very well prepared because of all the years he’s served on the board,” said Paul Miller, the 22-year executive director of the NCSFA. “He’s been involved in a number of major decisions that have had a huge impact on our members over the years.”

A Gastonia native, Welch was 19 years old when he began his full-time career with the Gastonia Fire Department in 1980. He achieved his “dream job” of becoming the agency’s 18th fire chief in 2009. And this month, he was the first Gastonia firefighter in the department’s 108-year history to be designated the NCSFA’s president.

“I’ve been blessed to live out my dream,” he said this week, after being honored by the Gastonia City Council with a proclamation Tuesday.

The NCSFA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year as the lead organization for firefighters across the state. It provides insurance and benefits for its approximately 48,000 individual members, advocates on their behalf and lobbies in Raleigh for legislation that enhances fire safety.

“We work very closely to support any fire safety-related issues that are out there,” Welch said.

Welch began his service on the NCSFA’s state board as the statistician, compiling all data about statewide firefighter injuries and fatalities, and held that position nine years. For the last seven years, he has advanced through the ranks as a high-level director on the board.

Welch said his 16 years with the organization have given him a unique insight into its core values and mission.

“I’ve been one of the very fortunate people to have had many years on the board,” he said. “It’s quite a process.”

His term as president will now last one year.

 

Long list of accolades

Welch’s entire NCSFA service has come while he maintained full-time positions here in Gaston County. His list of professional achievements is extensive, and includes numerous fire service degrees.

He is a 2004 Executive Fire Officer graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. And he received the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Welch started out as an unpaid 18-year-old with the Union Road Volunteer Fire Department, and later served as its fire chief for several years. After joining Gastonia, he left in 1991 to become the first director of Gaston College’s newly constructed Regional Emergency Services Training Center.

Before leaving that year, he told then-Gastonia Fire Chief Bob Murray that he hoped to one day return and fill Murray’s seat. It was a dream he would realize 18 years later.

Murray, a past president of the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs, described Welch as a “super leader” who he hated to lose in 1991. But it was for the best, he said.

“I give him credit for making the college program what it is,” he said. “It’s one of the best in the state, if not the best anywhere.”

Murray said he has no doubt Welch’s service as NCSFA president will pay dividends for North Carolina, not to mention Gastonia.

“I’m very proud of him,” Murray  said. “He’ll do a super job.”

You can reach Michael Barrett at 704-869-1826 or twitter.com/GazetteMike.

 

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