There are a lot of great kids in the Southern Tier and at 98.1 the Hawk, we love to recognize them. So it's our honor to congratulate Jessica Jones from Owego.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) awarded her the 2017 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship. Jessica received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for her volunteer service in the community from FASNY President Kenneth Pienkowski.

“I come from a family with over 300 years of experience in the fire department,” said Jones. “I can honestly say it was my destiny to become a first responder. Of all the scholarships I applied to, this one meant the most to me because volunteers don’t always get recognition for the work that we do.”

She joined the Owego Fire Department when she was 16 years old and was awarded the Rookie of the Year. She said that this scholarship means the most to her because volunteers don't always get recognition for the work they do.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his/her community like serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention, and more.

For the past three years, she has been a part of her church’s youth group and won the Hands of Christ award for her work with younger children. She also was a part of the YES LEADS program and became an EMT in May just like her mother, father and older sister.

This Owego Free Academy grad will be going to Elmira College this fall. Congratulations Jessica, we are extremely proud of you.

[via FASNY]