VALDOSTA — Timothy Rosser, of J.L. Lomax, named 2015 Junior Fire Marshal of the Year
Over a hundred local youth were recognized as fire safety role models, at the 2015 Valdosta Fire Department Junior Fire Marshals Banquet, held on April 7, at Mathis Auditorium.
“These students were selected by their teachers and administrators at the beginning of the year for being outstanding student citizens and leaders,” said Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome. “They became deputies in October 2014 and made a vow to uphold the very important role of Junior Fire Marshal at their designated schools—a role that they all have done extremely well during the school year.”
The Junior Fire Marshals program is designed to teach fire safety education to kids and to keep families safe. Lifesaving lessons—such as Stop, Drop, and Roll; Go Low in Smoke; Draw a Home Fire Escape Plan; and other lessons taught throughout the year—provide engaging and educational activities that help students protect themselves in the event of danger. The program also encourages meaningful fire safety conversations with the students and their family members.
Several awards were presented at the banquet to the youth and school administration for their commitment during the year.
Junior Fire Marshal of the Year: Timothy Rosser, of J.L. Lomax Elementary School, was named 2015 Junior Fire Marshal of the Year for exemplifying good behavior, good citizenship and leadership, knowledge of fire safety, and participation in the program throughout the year.
Awards were given to the Junior Fire Marshal School of the Year and Chairperson of the Year for the commitment that these individuals make toward the success of the program. The following received these awards:
JFM School of the Year—Pinevale Elementary
JFM Chairperson of the year—Danielle Gibbs and Jean Miley, Pinevale Elementary
A Poster Contest was held earlier in the year for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and an Essay Contest was held for students in grades 3-5. The following contest winners were also recognized at the Junior Fire Marshals Banquet:
Deron Foster, Pinevale Elementary School
Andrew Coates, Pinevale Elementary School
D’ Angelo Wright-Payton, Pinevale Elementary School
Jocelyn Whitfield, JL Lomax Elementary School
Ja’ Mya Patterson, JL Lomax Elementary School
Jerelyn Isom, Pinevale Elementary
William Scott, JL Lomax Elementary School
Ryan Price, JL Lomax Elementary School
Irelynn Bono, JL Lomax Elementary School
Isabella Ramirez, Pinevale Elementary School
“The information that these Junior Fire Marshals learn and teach to others throughout the year is a vital extension of the Valdosta Fire Department, because no household or school is free from the dangers of fire” said Chief Broome. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments this year, and we look forward seeing these exceptional youth continue to be outstanding role models in their schools and community, in the years to come.”
For more information on the Junior Fire Marshals program, call (229) 333-1836.
Sementha Mathews: Valdosta City Public Information Officer