New study links firefighters, increased risk for cancer – WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

By Victoria Hansen
vkhansen@sbgtv.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — They do what most would never dare — rush into burning buildings saving lives and homes. But many firefighters are now dying from something that stays with them long after the flames are out.

“The tumor was larger than a baseball,” said Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman.

Chief Chapman was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Sharp stomach pains sent him to the doctor. A biopsy revealed the bitter truth. He had colon cancer, one of the leading killers of men.

“I was really shocked because there has really been no significant history in my family of any kind of cancer,” he said.

Fortunately the cancer was caught early. But the now 51-year-old man who has been fighting fires since he was a teen still wonders why he ended up with cancer.

“It come from out of nowhere and it really makes you wonder if it’s not because of my profession,” Chapman said.

Several recent medical studies, including one from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, show firefighters are at an increased risk for cancer, especially respiratory, urinary and digestive.

Some show testicular cancer rates are double the rate seen in the rest of the population.

Researcher now believe not only exposure at the scene, but all of the soot and caked on carcinogens on their gear worn over and over again are quietly killing firefighters.

The Goose Creek Fire Department knows all too well.

“Losing Steve has changed our department in a lot of ways,” said Chief Chapman.

Firefighter Steve Skipton was just 41 years old when cancer ravaged his kidneys, lungs and pelvis. It robbed four children of their father, and a wife of her love.

It was a loss felt through other departments as well.

“I used to think I was invincible,” said North Charleston Fire Captain Samuel Gadson. “Hey you do this kind of job being a fireman, you run into burning buildings. Look now you got something that can actually kill you.”

Captain Gadson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year. A new, more expensive physical that included ultrasound caught it early.

“If [North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow] hadn’t come in and done this, then my detection would have gone unnoticed unless I personally asked for an ultrasound to be done,” said Captain Gadson.

It opened the department’s eyes.

“We didn’t know what to expect the first time we did such an in depth physical like that,” said Chief Bulanow.

What they found was 25 of 230 firefighters tested — nearly one-fifth — had nodules on their thyroids. Not all were cancer, but the chief’s was.

“Certainly I want to be here to take care of my family and also do my job, but I consider myself very fortunate to have found it early,” said Chief Bulanow.

Both the Chief and Captain Gadson have been fighting fires for more than 20 years. They believe those fires are even more deadly now. They’re fueled not just by wood, but by plastics.

“Now it’s primarily synthetic materials that burn hotter and produce very toxic smoke,” said Chief Bulanow.

“It used to be a badge of honor to always have that dirty gear, that tarred up helmet and that dirty mask,” said Captain Gadson. “That’s the way it was. Now I know better.”

It’s a strange sight in the department, but a huge, $7,000 washing machine now sits in the fire house off Dorchester Road. Firefighters are not only encouraged to shower, but their gear is cleaned. The chief is even working on getting two sets of gear for every firefighter.

“This is a significant investment in the health and welfare of our people,” said Chief Bulanow.

It’s an investment the chief and others hope will pay off for generations to come.

“If we can take that and decrease the numbers every year by us following the right safety measures that we have to follow then I’ll take that every day, all day,” said Captain Gadson.

For a closer look at the NIOSH study, click here.

If you or someone you know is a firefighter struggling with medical bills due to a cancer diagnosis, we’d like to hear from you. Just contact Victoria Hansen at vkhansen@sbgtv.com

New study links firefighters, increased risk for cancer – WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather.

End of Watch—A Deadly End to October – Leadership – LawOfficer.com

Dale Stockton | Saturday, November 1, 2014 

Twelve of America’s Finest lost their lives during October. The month was looking like it could be the least deadly of the year because on Oct. 23, the level of loss stood at two; one from gunfire and one from a vehicle crash. Instead, the month turned out to be one of the deadliest of the year. Everything changed on Oct. 24 when two California deputies in two different counties were gunned down by a single suspect. Their deaths were quickly followed by the loss of seven more officers. By the end of the month, we had lost five officers in vehicle-related incidents, four to gunfire and three to duty-related heart attacks. All of the heart attack victims were in their forties.

The week of Oct. 24 through Oct. 31 turned out to be the deadliest week thus far of 2014 with nine officers dying in a variety of ways. No line-of-duty death will ever be acceptable but to lose so many in such a short period of time is especially devastating. What happened and what can we learn from these losses? Here’s the story behind each loss, listed in order of occurrence:

The first LODD of the month occurred on Oct. 9 when Midland County (Tex.) Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Joe Naylor, 46, was shot and killed as he and other deputies served a warrant on a sexual predator at a home. The suspect refused to come to the door and deputies broke out a window to establish contact. Sergeant Naylor was communicating with the suspect when he suddenly produced a firearm and shot the sergeant in the head. Other deputies pulled Naylor to safety and he was transported in a waiting ambulance but later succumbed to the wound.

The second LODD occurred on Oct. 20, when Alton (Mo.) Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr., 45, died in a single vehicle crash that occurred as he was responding to a report of a structure fire. His vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. Officer Johnson was ejected from the vehicle. Johnson also served as a reserve deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office and as the volunteer fire chief for the City of Alton.

On Oct. 24, at approximately 1030, Sacramento County (Calif.) Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, approached a suspicious car in a parking lot. An occupant of the car aimed a rifle at Deputy Oliver and shot him in the forehead. Multiple carjackings followed and a civilian was seriously wounded. A few hours later and 30 miles away, the suspect briefly pulled to the side of the road and Placer County Homicide Detective Michael Davis, Jr., 42, and Deputy Jeff Davis began an approach. The suspect shot both of them, killing Michael Davis and wounding Jeff Davis. The suspect who killed both Oliver and Davis was subsequently arrested after an extensive manhunt. Investigation revealed he had twice been formally deported and was in the country illegally. The death of Michael Davis occurred 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he was named, died in a helicopter crash during a narcotics operation while working for the Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 25, Butler County (Ala.) Deputy John Timothy Williamson, 48, died of a heart attack he sustained after a struggle with a resisting suspect. He thought he had strained a muscle during the fight and did not seek immediate medical treatment. After responding to several calls for service, the pain became more severe and he drove himself to a hospital. He suffered another heart attack while being transported to a second hospital and died.

On Oct. 26, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Police Officer Anthony Haase, 24, died as the result of a single vehicle crash while responding to a reported domestic violence incident at approximately 3 am. His vehicle went off the roadway and into a ditch. He had been sworn in only five months prior to the crash.

Oct. 26 also claimed the life of Summerville (S.C.) Police Officer Robert Blajszczak, 40, who died as the result of a heart attack suffered six days prior while conducting a traffic stop. A passing officer saw that he was in distress and radioed for assistance. He was transported to a hospital where he subsequently died.

On Oct. 27, a heart attack took the life of Dothan (Ala.) Police Sergeant Jeffrey Garrett, 47, after a two mile training run with other officers. The run had been completed and the officers were talking when Garrett suddenly collapsed. The other officers administered CPR and he was transported to a hospital but subsequently died.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 28, Ventura County (Calif.) Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko, 41, died after being struck by a vehicle while on an enforcement stop. Two other deputies were almost hit by the same car which was being operated by a driver under the influence of alcohol. The driver fled the scene but was subsequently arrested when he crashed his car.

On October 29th, Pomona (Calif.) Police Officer Shaun Diamond, 45, died as the result of injuries suffered on the previous day during the service of an arrest warrant by a regional SWAT team. Officer Diamond was the lead officer and as the team breached the storm door, a subject inside opened the main door and fired a shotgun, striking Diamond in the back of the head. Officers pulled him to safety and he was transported but later died.

Also on Oct. 29, Harris County (Tex.) Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III, 32, was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on in an intersection while on his way to a welfare check. The other vehicle was an SUV operated by a driver on parole who was under the influence of narcotics. The vehicle operated by Valdez was pushed into a ditch and he was trapped inside, requiring extrication by rescue crews. He was transported but subsequently passed away.

On Oct. 31, shortly after midnight, Chandler (Ariz.) Police Officer David Payne, 37, was sitting on his police motorcycle stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver. The impact catapulted the police motorcycle across the intersection. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but later stopped and was taken into custody. He had a suspended license and a history of driving under the influence. Officers found an 11 month old child inside the suspect’s car. The child was not injured. The intersection where Officer Payne was struck and killed was the same intersection where Chandler Police Officer Robert Nielsen died in an on-duty crash in 2002.

Words are always inadequate when trying to express the devastation caused by a line-of-duty death. The sudden loss of a loved one wreaks havoc on families and departments—lives are forever changed. On behalf of everyone at Law Officer, I want to express the deepest condolences to those who have lost an officer during this past month.

Law Officer’s Below 100 initiative is working very hard to address those LODD areas that are primarily under an officer’s control. We continue to lose officers in situations that are absolutely preventable and we can change that. For more information on Below 100, go here.

Special thanks to our great partners at the Officer Down Memorial Page for their assistance with these summaries. For more information on ODMP and to sign up for alert notification when an LODD occurs, gohere.

Mobile Category:

News

End of Watch—A Deadly End to October – Leadership – LawOfficer.com.

Police Depression: The Silent Killer | In Public Safety

Police Depression: The Silent Killer

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Depression in police work is a silent killer. Depression can be stealth, even for the most resilient officer, and can take a physical and mental toll on the mind and body if it goes unrecognized and untreated. Unfortunately, the silence within police culture discourages the acknowledgment of depression and mental illness. This silence cannot continue.

Every year, just as many officers die by their own hand as do officers killed in the line of duty. Yet, the silence continues.

[RelatedAddressing Mental Wellness and Police Suicides: A Lifelong Commitment]

Police officer distressedAt the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. we honor the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty protecting their communities. We do not honor these officers for the manner in which they lost their lives serving, but rather how they lived their lives protecting their communities.

Yet, no officer who has taken his or her own life because of duty-related mental illness has his or her name engraved on the Wall of Heroes. These officers died because of mental health issues brought on by their honorable service to their communities as peace officers. They are the forgotten! Their names are only whispered within their departments because of how they died. Being ignored often contributes to why they got sick in the first place and yet, the silence continues.

[RelatedAnalyzing Law Enforcement Deaths: What’s Missing from These Statistics?]

It’s Time to Acknowledge All Fallen Officers
The United States military lives by a code that they leave no man behind, no matter the cost. Everyone comes home. It is time to bring all fallen police officers home, regardless of the manner in which they died.

Engrave their names on the wall among the other fallen police heroes and honor them by speaking their names and acknowledging that depression brought on by police-related work caused this illness that lead to their death.

It is not about how any of the heroes died in their service to community, it is about how they lived.

Common Signs of Police Officer Depression
Depression is a silent killer in law enforcement because it often slowly builds up, unnoticed, due to constant work-related fatigue and other stressors. In some cases, it is dismissed as just feeling down or under the weather.

Here is a list of common signs of depression:

  • Withdrawing from other officers
  • Feeling sad and hopeless for more than a few days
  • Lack of energy, enthusiasm, and motivation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Reckless drinking of alcohol
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Being restless, agitated, and irritable
  • Weight gain or loss out of the norm
  • Sleeping more than usual (sometimes all day)
  • Trouble with memory (out of character)
  • Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty (signs that last for more than a few days)
  • Anger and rage over something trivial (out of character)
  • Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life
  • Trouble functioning in your personal life (department discipline issues, divorce, recent loss of immediately family member)
  • Openly talks about suicide
  • Taking unnecessary risks

If you notice an officer displaying any of these signs for more than a few days, intervene and take the time to check in with them. If you say nothing and ignore the red flags, the outcome could be tragic.

[RelatedSilent Suffering: Warning Signs and Steps to Prevent Police Suicide]

The number one killer of police officers is suicide caused by depression. Yet, the silence from within the police profession acknowledging officer depression is deafening.

The time for dialog and courage to recognize all our law enforcement heroes for their service, regardless of the manner of their death, is upon us. Honor these fallen officers by petitioning to have all fallen officers’ names engraved on the memorial in D.C. Leave no brother or sister behind, no matter the cost. Everyone comes home!

About the Author: Mark Bond worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms trainer for more than 29 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state, and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in Criminal Justice, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Summa Cum Laude Honors. As a lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in distance education. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at American Military University & American Public Universityand is one of the faculty directors in the School of Public Service & Health. You can contact him at MBond(at)apus.edu.

3 from FDNY who worked at ground zero die in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) — Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday.

Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another Monday.

Their deaths are “a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department’s heroic efforts,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

Thousands of people who aided in the rescue and recovery effort were diagnosed with respiratory ailments and other health problems in the years after the attacks. Cancer, though, remains the biggest fear for people exposed to the gritty soot at the site.

Hundreds of first responders have gotten cancer in the 13 years since the attacks, but doctors and researchers are still uncertain whether there is any link between those illnesses and 9/11. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Americans in their mid-40s to mid-60s, making it hard to tell which deaths, if any, might be related. Most medical studies have not found evidence of a substantial surge in cancer rates, though researchers have spotted some worrisome trends.

Congress has set aside $2.78 billion to compensate people with illnesses that might be related to the attacks. Administrators of the fund have included the most common types of cancer as qualifying illnesses.

“On that day when first responders arrived, the air was toxic and remained toxic for many months afterward,” said Jake Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

The Fire Department of New York lost 343 firefighters on 9/11. The department maintains a memorial to 89 other firefighters it believes died of illnesses. That tally doesn’t yet include Bischoff, Leaver or Heglund.

Their deaths come as advocates urge Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides medical treatment and compensation to those who got sick from exposure to toxic air after Sept. 11.

Fire officials knew the three were sick, said Lemonda, whose union represents fire lieutenants, captains, battalion chiefs, deputy chiefs, medical officers and supervising fire marshals in the FDNY. One had leukemia, one had esophageal cancer and the third had colon cancer.

Funerals for Leaver and Heglund were scheduled for Friday. The service for Leaver will be held at Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack at 10 a.m. Heglund’s funeral will be at the Centerport Volunteer Firehouse at 10:30 a.m.

A funeral for Bischoff will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, New Jersey.

3 from FDNY who worked at ground zero die in 1 day.

10 secrets about firefighters revealed

By Will Wyatt

 

Never underestimate the general public’s ability to not understand firefighters and the jobs they perform. Where they get their ideas is a mystery. Maybe they are drawn from too much television, or maybe they are hatched simply from thin air.

But fear their ignorance no longer. Below are the 10 most important things the public needs to know about firefighters. Feel free to print this list and distribute it door-to-door and hand it out when arriving on scene.

https://i2.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/1.giff A fire is the ultimate double-edged sword. Nobody on any fire department anywhere wants to see a family lose everything they have, or worse, suffer and injury or death. However, we all like going to fires; I can clean and listen to people argue at home.

https://i0.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/2.giff When we enter a home for a medical emergency and a well-meaning person runs up to greet us and inform us they are a vascular surgeon, nurse or some other medical genius, we are not impressed. In fact, we wonder why we are there in the first place with such advanced medical skills already on the scene.

https://i1.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/3.giff An apartment dweller doesn’t pay my salary, or even a homeowner for that matter. Their contribution to a municipal budget is miniscule in the grand scheme of things. Kind of like urinating in the ocean. But we do appreciate your contribution.

https://i2.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/4.giff No, you don’t have to go to a certain hospital across town for a minor ailment. Your doctor who works at that hospital will not be there at 2 a.m. and is certainly not coming down to look at your stubbed toe. We are not passing three hospitals with competent physicians and nurses to take you to your favorite hospital.

https://i0.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/5.giff We eat. All firefighters take in all of the major food groups (and a few others also) to convert into sugars, proteins and other nutrients that our bodies need to function. We are on duty for 24 hours, sometimes longer, and need sustenance. I smile when people comment on us being at the store. I can’t think of a job that you don’t get a lunch break. Prisoners are fed. Astronauts eat out of toothpaste tubes in space. We do not get a guaranteed meal break.

https://i2.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/6.giff Defibrillation will not revive a poor soul who has been dead for several hours or days. If a person has lividity and there is mail stacked on top of mail in the mailbox, an electrical charge will not help. I remember finding a deceased male in a house and hearing a family member in the next room on the phone say, “They said he has been down several hours and is stiff but they are going to shock him.” No we aren’t!

https://i0.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/7.giff Despite how we are portrayed on television and in the movies, the majority of us are not dysfunctional, manically depressed, womanizing alcoholics. In fact, I can readily name several coworkers who have been married longer than I have been alive and even have successful children. Even better (brace your self!), I know a few who don’t drink.

https://i0.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/8.giff When we are in the middle of the living room floor doing chest compressions and artificial respirations on a loved one, the above actions indicate he has no heartbeat nor is he breathing. So, they are for all practical purposes dead. When a family member taps a responder on the shoulder and whispers, “How is dad?” it’s an awkward question.

https://i2.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/9.giff It’s nice when people come up to us in public and thank us for what we do and how we keep them safe. I just smile because I want to ask them if they voted for politicians who want to slash pensions and benefits.

https://i1.wp.com/fire.pgpic.com/10.giff Yes, the fire truck carries water. No, the tank on my back is not an oxygen tank. It is compressed room air, which has a concentration of oxygen in it. If we wore an oxygen tank on my back, which is by the way an oxidizer, and a leak developed we might fly through the air like a cross between Mary Poppins and ET.

10 secrets about firefighters revealed.

Training Class Does Pompier Ladder Training

Providence (RI) 49th Training Academy
By Captain/Director of Training Scott Mello

The Providence Fire Department started the 49th Training Academy class on March 11, 2013. Candidates were competitively selected from more than 2900 applicants. Basis for selection was the candidate’s written score and a passing completion of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Candidates Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Fifty-five candidates were selected to attend the 49th Training Academy class..

On March 18, 2013, the 55 trainees and eight Providence Fire Department instructors, under the direction of Captain Scott G. Mello, the Director of Training for the Providence Fire Department, traveled to Boston, Massachusetts. The 49th Training Academy class had a unique opportunity to use the Boston Fire Department’s Training Facility located on Moon Island, in Quincy Massachusetts. The training was a collaborative effort between the Providence Fire Department’s Division of Training and the Boston Fire Department’s Division of Training led by Captain James Hoar.

The Providence Trainees would be given the opportunity to carry on a tradition that all previous Providence Fire Department Training Academies had performed. That tradition is the pompier ladder climb. The pompier ladder, or “pomps” as the Boston Jakes call the ladder, is also known as a scaling ladder. The ladder serves no other purpose than that of training. It consists of a single beam, a gooseneck and hook at the top of the ladder, with small rungs extending from either side of the single beam. It has been reported that only three northeast fire departments still require trainees to perform a pompier ladder climb.

IAFF Local 799 President Paul Doughty called the climb a “rite of passage” that few fire fighters can claim they have participated in. The purpose of the climb is to get trainees to trust their equipment and weed out any candidates who have an aversion to heights.

Each trainee was required to perform a five-story single person climb. Each climb required personal fortitude and upper-body strength. The trainee had to climb out onto the pompier on the second floor window, where they were instructed to hook into the gooseneck of the pompier, with a ladder belt. Then the trainee had to lean back and upon order from the drill master put his arms out to a horizontal position. Upon direction, the trainee would then place “arms in. Unhook and climb one.” The trainee would then climb in the window, raise the ladder up to the next floor and hook the ladder on the sill above, and climb up the ladder where the process of “hooking in” was done once again. The process required the trainee to climb up to the fifth floor, then repeat the process and return to the second floor.

The training occurred over the course of three days and included instructions in pompier ladders, rope repelling, ladder evolutions, and vertical ventilation with various gas powered saws. Trainees received instruction from both Boston and Providence Fire Instructors.

After the completion of the pompier ladder training, the 49th Trainees will receive an additional 18 weeks of instruction. The trainees will receive instruction in the Nation Fire Protection Association 1001, Level 1 Level 2 Fire Fighter certification, Providence Fire Departments Standard Operation Procedures and Training Bulletins, Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Level certification, Hazardous Material Technician certification, and Emergency Vehicle Operation Course certification.

Helping Hands for Freedom’s 2nd Annual Heroes Gala at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Featured in The Protector Magazine, Helping Hands for Freedom is hosting their annual Heroes Gala, join us in support of an amazing organization.

Heroes Gala Poster

___
Save the Date – Saturday, April 12 – Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Indianapolis, Indiana:

Join us for our 2nd Annual Heroes Gala featuring food, drinks, raffle and live music from the nationally recognized Willis Clan that were recently featured on the TODAY Show. You may have seen their reality show on the Great American Country channel so you know being a member of the Willis family comes with pressure and expectations. Toby and Brenda Willis are parents to 12 children ranging in age from 2 to 21. The eight girls and four boys have been, are or will be home-schooled. The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers, and artists. Living in middle Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new. Various groupings of the kids are internationally ranked Irish dancers and singers, national swing dance champions and state wrestling champions.

The Willis Clan

In addition to the Willis Clan, the evening will feature entertainment provided by Indiana’s own American Idol star, Marrialle Sellars, and local talent, Brenna Shannon, who happens to be the daughter of co-founder SSG Patrick Shannon.

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has signed on to be the title sponsor again and will be hosting the event at their spectacular venue.  The silent & live auction will feature over 40 incredible items with the food provided by the Casino’s world class chefs.  Mobile Network 1 and Real Scene TV are promoting the evening.

Ticket prices start at $100 per person. Discounts are available for couples and tables. To purchase tickets call HHFF’s ticket manager, Carol Beck: 317-319-8017.

via The 2nd Annual Heroes Gala at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is Announced.

2014 PFIA Scholarship Application Request Form

Deadline to request an application is May 1, 2014!

Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association’s scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship  Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

To be eligible, applicants must be students who plan to enroll, or are already enrolled, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Applicants must be dependent children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of members in good standing with the Association.

Applicants must also hold a policy with the Association as of May 1, 2014. Dependent children are defined as natural or legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the member’s household or primarily supported by the member. The member must also hold a Certificate of Insurance that has been in effect for at least six months.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION REQUEST FORM

Recipients are selected based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in activities, work experience, statement of future goals, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. ‘

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student maintains a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in a full-time undergraduate program and their insurance policy, as well as the member’s insurance policy, remains active.

Awards may be used for tuition and academic fees. Applications are available beginning March 15, 2014, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

To request an application, complete the Application Request Form and mail it to Scholarship Management Services, postmarked no later than May 1, 2014.

After receiving the application, please complete the application fully and return it to Scholarship Management Services postmarked by May 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 30, 2014.

On,
 or about Aug. 15, Scholarship Management Services will mail a check for half the scholarship amount, payable to the school for the student. The remaining amount will be paid on, or about, Jan. 1, 2015. Scholarship Management Services must be notified in writing of extenuating circumstances affecting either payment.

All of the information submitted is confidential and reviewed solely by Scholarship Management Services. General conditions and procedures under which awards are made will be reviewed occasionally by PFIA, but no previously awarded scholarship will be affected by any changes made in the future. If you have further questions, call Scholarship Management Services at 507-931-1682 or fax your queries to 507-931-9168.