The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2021 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Tyler Walton of Tribes Hill. Walton received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for his volunteer service in the community from Andrew Doyle, member of the FASNY Board of Directors.
Walton plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill in the fall where he intends to study to become a paramedic.
Outside of the firehouse he is president of his school’s FFA chapter, class treasurer, member of the National Honor Society and plays for the Fonda-Fultonville High School football team.
“Being a volunteer firefighter has been a life-changing experience,” he said. “I had always known that I wanted to join my local volunteer department, but the experience has been more than I could have ever asked for. Everyone assumes being a firefighter is being up close to the fire, but there are so many different jobs that are essential on a scene. There is always a need for drivers and pump operators, fire police, safety officers, etc. Your time and commitment in the fire department truly makes a difference in your community.”
Walton is one of 26 students chosen for this scholarship.
“This scholarship is an absolute honor to receive,” says Walton. “Being one of only twenty-six in the state is an honor and it will go a long way in helping me continue my education so I can follow my dream.”