THORNWOOD — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) recently awarded the 2017 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Vincent Tully of Thornwood. Tully received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for his volunteer service in the community from FASNY Director Chan Rivera at Thornwood Fire Company #1 earlier this summer.
“I wanted to become an active member in my community, and joining the firehouse provided me with that opportunity. I was also excited about the learning process involved in being able to respond to calls. The thought of being able to continuously learn and prepare to help someone in need is great,” commented Tully.
Vincent plans to attend Western New England University in the fall and major in Engineering. He is an impressive and athlete and has participated in football, track and field, and swim while attending Westlake High School, earning awards in football and Ssim. He has also worked with local children at Mt. Pleasant Town summer camp.
Following his grandfather, Tully joined his local fire department, Thornwood Fire Company 1. He hopes to continue serving his community through the fire department, and hopes to have a career as an engineer.
Vincent is one of 20 students chosen for this scholarship. He expressed, “The scholarship means so much to me and my family. I am proud to be a firefighter and hope that being recognized by FASNY inspires the young members of our community to do well, volunteer, become a firefighter and engage in the community to positively help others. It will also provide me the financial help to achieve my goals.”
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community, such as serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention, and other projects. Additional criteria include consistent demonstration of good character and completion of a written essay.