Dedication to the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District and a willingness to learn earned Dezaree Curtis the 2014 American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter Youth Lifesaver Award.
“Even at her young age, Dezaree has shown a tremendous amount of passion for a job that is usually done by someone much older than she is,” said chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith. “It is commendable that she takes her volunteer work with the department so seriously. We are honored to have someone of Dezaree’s character receive the Youth Lifesaver Award.”
Curtis, a student at Jamestown High School, has been a Junior Firefighter with the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District for about three years.
According to Fire Chief Steven Borts, Curtis always is the first to get to training and one of the last to leave. Borts said Curtis can be counted on to take part and learn from every experience available to her.
She received her Fire Department Medical First Responder certificate and an Outstanding Service Award. Curtis attends every meeting and is always willing to help out and clean up around the firehouse. She has been attending district “calls for service” for about two years.
The department responded to a number of natural cover fires this spring. Borts said Dezaree was at the fire line during each call with either a hose or backpack blower working just as hard or harder than seasoned firefighters.