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.

Firefighter of the Month: April 2017

Congratulations to Lieutenant Michael Belflower on being selected Firefighter of the Month for April 2017! Lt. Belflower has served with Howe Springs for 12 years and is a valuable asset to us. He is full time Fire Engineer for the City of Columbia South Carolina and has achieved certifications for Fire Officer 1 and Haz-mat Tech. He is also currently on the Technical Rescue Team. Lt. Belflower covered the Evergreen community for period of time, but now lives in the Florence area as a member of Station 1. He is consistently one of our top responders and is always willing to help others further there knowledge of the fire service. Thank you, Lt. Belflower, for being so dedicated to the citizens of Howe Springs! It is a privilege to have you as a member.

Firefighter of the Month: March 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Riley Prosser on being awarded Firefighter of the Month for March! He has been involved with the fire service his entire life; watching his father fill the role of a firefighter in Johnsonville inspired Riley to join the fire service at the age of 15. Once he graduated high school Riley moved to the Florence area and joined us here at Howe Springs. Riley has completed classes to meet the Firefighter 2 certification and is a member of the Technical Rescue Team. Having just turned twenty one, he is already diligently training to become a driver. His other accomplishments include helping us with grant writing and assisting with medical training and supplies. Riley lives close to Florence and is a member of Station 5. He currently works full time at West Florence Fire District. We congratulate you Riley and are glad to have you as a member of Howe Springs.

Firefighter of the Month: February 2017

Congratulations to Firefighter Ryder Jones on being selected Firefighter of the Month for February 2017! Ryder’s hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated. He has been with Howe Springs for three years and is continually gaining experience by taking classes and consistently being one of our top responders. Ryder also works for the Darlington Drag Strip as an emergency responder. When asked why he joined the fire service, Ryder responded, “I fell in love with being a firefighter, there is no greater feeling than knowing that I have the skills and training to help others.” He lives in the Meadow Prong community as a member of Station 6. Thank you for all you do Ryder!

Firefighter of the Month: December 2016

H42We would like to congratulate Captain Aaron Mobley on being awarded Firefighter of the Month! He has been in the service for over 20 years and has spent over 15 years of that with Howe Springs. Capt. Mobley has served in various roles throughout his career holding positions such as Haz-Mat Technician to Engineer to SWAT medic. And he currently serves as our Fire Marshal where he has gained certifications such as ICC Certified Fire Inspector and Certified Resident State Fire Marshal. Capt. Mobley also serves the Claussen area as Captain over Station 4. We appreciate all that he does for Howe Springs and look forward to what the future holds. Congratulations Captain Mobley and thank you for what you do!

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