The Waxahachie Fire Department recently held its annual Fire Explorer awards ceremony.

“The awards ceremony is to honor the Fire Explorers’ achievements and recognize their sacrifices during the past year,” Explorer coordinator and firefighter John Barrett said.

“Each explorer makes a difference in the community by giving back and by being involved. They challenge themselves physically and mentally,” Barrett said. “They are involved in 65 activities, involving 280 hours of their time, of which 30 of those hours are toward community service projects.”

Four Fire Explorers were recognized for outstanding achievement and leadership skills exhibited through their actions.

Erick Stone received the Explorer of the Semester Award for his academic achievement and outstanding performances during the fall semester. He also received a $25 gift certificate to Chili’s.

Jarale Richardson, a lieutenant with the post, received the What-Knot Award for his winning personality. Capt. Corey Kaelin received the Outstanding Attendance Award and Matthew Scheurmann received the Explorer of the Year and Leadership by Example awards, which are the top two awards presented.

“Matt is an outstanding young man and since he joined the program, he has shown great leadership potential,” Barrett said. “He’s exhibited the true qualities of a true leader over the last year. He has values that leaders possess. He has a great attitude and a great passion about doing his job and making a difference.”

Barrett recognized all of the Explorers for being good team players, saying each went above and beyond expectations.

Those who are interested in becoming a Fire Explorer can contact the fire department at 972-937-1200.

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