Firefighter of the Month: April 2018

Congratulations to the Firefighter of the Month for April 2018, Mr. Ted Owens. A little less than a year ago, Ted was transferred to Florence as Koppers Plant Manager. He quickly joined us here at Howe Springs and hasn’t slowed down. Ted has 20 years in the fire service and his experience ranges from being the grunt on the fireground to District Chief when he was a member at Saint Bethlehem Fire Department. He was also able to gain experience as a member of a dive team and search and rescue team. For only being with Howe Springs a short time, Ted has already made an impact and we are glad he joined us. Ted became interested in the fire service as a kid when he would see his family members volunteering and of course the fire trucks helped too. Ted lives in the Claussen community and is a member of Station 4. Thank you for being such a great resource for Howe Springs and our community, we look forward to many more years.

Firefighter of the Month: March 2018

Congratulations to Mrs. Amber Jones on being selected as Firefighter of the Month for March 2018! Amber has only been with the department for a little over a year, but her enthusiasm and dedication to the department and citizens of Howe Springs shows. I spoke with her Lieutenant over Station 6 and he stated that the Amber is always willing to help with whatever is needed around the station; everything from checking off trucks to keeping the station clean. It is great to have members that are passionate about the fire service. Amber has started the basic courses of firefighting and has already attained one of the driving certifications, EVDT. She lives in Meadow Prong Community as a member of Station 6, and currently works as a Florence County Deputy. Thank you Amber for your hard work and dedication to the citizens of Howe Springs!

Firefighter of the Month: February 2018

Congratulations to Captain Joey Prosser on being selected Firefighter of the Month for February 2018! Captain Prosser has been with Howe Springs for three years and in the fire service for over thirty years total. He joined South Lynches Fire Department at the young age of just fifteen. Captain Prosser works full time with the City of Florence Fire Department and serves as a Captain at Station 5 their as well. His passion for the fire services is still as strong as when we first joined. He currently serves on our Board of  Directors, is the team leader for our Technical Rescue Team, and helps out part time in the training division. Captain Prosser is a great asset to the citizens of Howe Springs as the Captain over Station 5 located in the Florence area on Irby St. Thank you for your dedication to Howe Springs and we look forward to what the future holds.

Firefighter of the Month: January 2018

Congratulations to Engineer Stephen Jones on being selected as Firefighter of the Month for January 2018! Stephen has been with Howe Springs since he was thirteen years old. That’s over 30 years of fire service and he is still going strong. He became interested in the fire service watching his Uncle, who at that time,was the Fire Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Stephen completed most of his fire classes when they were called Phases, which is the equivalent of the modern Firefighter classes. He is currently a Driver/Engineer as a member of Station 2. Stephen is very dependable and loves serving his community. Congratulations and thank you Stephen for your years of service and we look forward to many more years!

Firefighter of the Month: November 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Riley Vargo for being selected as Firefighter of the Month for November! Riley has been in the fire service for almost three years. He started with us as a junior and since his time as a volunteer, he has been able to obtain the Firefighter 1 certification as well as First Responder, and several of the driver/engineer classes. Riley is great asset to Howe Springs and the citizens in our area. He always is willing to help around the station and works hard on the fire scene. Riley lives in the Florence area and is a member of Station 1. We want to thank Riley for being so dedicated to Howe Springs and the citizens we serve.

Firefighter of the Month: October 2017

We would like to congratulate Firefighter Wayne Lawhon for being selected as firefighter of the month for October. Wayne has been with the department since the early years and is still going strong as a volunteer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is one of our Chaplins. He is always willing to listen to or pray with any of our members that have the need. He owns and operates Lawhon Tree Services which makes him travel out of town several days a week. Despite all of that he still manages to find time to help his community. He lives in the Effingham area and is a member of Station 5 on S. Irby St. Thank you for all you do for Howe Springs! We look forward to having you around for many more years.

Firefighter of the Month: September 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Dwight Mobley on being selected Firefighter of the Month for September 2017! Dwight joined the department with the desire to be in a support role, but he quickly found out he wanted to do more. He took several firefighting classes and is now a certified Firefighter 2 and an Engineer! Dwight is always willing to help with whatever is needed, both on the fireground and around the station. He also serves as one of our Chaplains for the department. He lives in the claussen community and is a member of Station 4. And he currently works as the Fire Marshal for West Florence Fire Rescue. Thank you for all you do for Howe Springs.

Firefighter of the Month: August 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Jeff Chapman for being selected as Firefighter of the Month for August 2017! Here is Jeff’s bio from in his own words. Born and raised in Bath, NY of Western New York (Not the city!). From 2012-2016 attended and graduated from Keuka College with Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences. In 2014 Began volunteering with Bath Ambulance Corps. where volunteering as a first responder first sunk its teeth in which led me to become a NYS EMT-B. Soon after I joined Bath Volunteer Fire Department where my love for the fire service truly began. Volunteering is very much alive up north. My first fire class was in 2016 where I was a member of the New York State Academy of Fire Science Firefighter I “Last Class.” In September of 2016 I moved to Florence, SC where I worked as an EMT-B with Florence County EMS. I quickly joined Howe Springs Fire Dept. to help serve the community here.  Since joining Howe Springs I have gained family and taken many classes from Pump and Aerial Ops to PICO. I have even joined the Technical Rescue Team of Howe Springs. I now work for West Florence Fire Department full time and still work as much as possible with Florence County EMS. I attempt to make every training possible and look forward to getting further into Technical Rescue thru classes. I only have a couple years in the fire service but I learn as much as possible from those around me with experience from Chiefs to my peer firefighters. Growing up as an athlete playing soccer and Lacrosse I loved how the principals of being on a team transferred to the fire service. I love the team work, comradery, and most of all coming together and helping out my community when they need us the most. I hope I can continue to learn every day and to help Howe Springs in every way possible as it is an amazing department to be a part of.

 

Thank you for your commitment to the fire service and the citizens of Howe Springs Fire Department.

Firefighter of the Month: July 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Amber McCormick on being selected Firefighter of the Month for July 2017! Amber has almost always been involved in the fire service, growing up watching her father as a volunteer firefighter her whole life. She has been with us for three years, joining as a junior at the age of fifteen. Following in her father’s footsteps as a third generation firefighter. Amber has taken classes such as medical first responder, hazmat, and firefighter one. She also competed in numerous junior competitions in her time as a junior bringing home many trophies along with her teams. Amber is now the Howe Springs photographer and also helps out with the junior department’s competition teams. She lives in the Florence area and is a station one member. Amber is a Sophomore at Liberty University Online and will soon start working for Florence County Dispatch. Thank you for all you do for Howe Springs.

Firefighter of the Month: June 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Hunter Stark on being selected Firefighter of the Month for June 2017! Hunter joined the department as a junior at the young age of just fourteen. Even though the State won’t allow you to take classes until you are sixteen years old, Hunter has still managed to obtain several intense and exhaustive firefighting classes. Taking classes such as 1152, Auto Extrication, and even a portion of the driving series shows that Hunter is dedicated to the fire service. He is a recent graduate of South Florence High School and works for Noble Resources Corporation. Hunter is a live in at Station 3 in the Cussacs community. Thank you, Hunter, for being so dedicated to the citizens of Howe Springs! It is a privilege to have you as a member.

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