Firefighter of the Month

We are proud to announce that the August Firefighter of the Month is Firefighter Aaron Conerly. Aaron was hired with the fire department on April 1, 2015. Since that date, he has not wasted any time in completing his minimum requirements as well as several advanced classes. Aaron has recorded over 500 training hours at the MS Fire Academy including his Basic Firefighter Class, Driver/Operator, Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Rescue, and Smoke Di...ver, a very physically and mentally challenging course. He has also gained his nationally registered EMT certification. He displays the same work diligence everyday while on duty with A Shift at Station 1. This should come as no surprise as Aaron is also a former US Marine who received several medals and accommodations while serving our country for the war on terrorism. Aaron is the son of Pearl Police Chief Ronnie Conerly.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Aaron with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete meal for two. Bullock Investigations and Security donated a $25 Shell Gift Card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate; McAlister’s Deli donated two FREE meals; Scott’s Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; Signmark donated a duffel bag and Great American Cookie Company donated a cookie cake!

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month in June is Lieutenant Marty Grant. Marty grew up in Pearl where he was always very active in the sports community. Marty is a 1995 graduate of Pearl High School. After graduation Marty attended Hinds Community College where he was on the baseball team. Upon completion of his baseball career, Marty began work in th...e air conditioning business. It was in 2008 when he decided he wanted to come back to his home town and serve at the fire department. Marty has completed over 1000 training hours at the MS Fire Academy. He is also a nationally registered EMT and was promoted to Lieutenant in June of 2016. There is not a more dedicated individual that loves serving his hometown and home fire department. Marty is an employee that can always be counted on to serve and be involved in whatever the fire department has going on. Marty is married to Marsha and they have two children: Bretton(6) and Briggs(1).

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Grant with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card, a $20 Frisco Deli Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Basket along with a complete dinner for two. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift Card; the Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated 2 FREE meals; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit, Bancorp South donated a spectator cooler chair and Signmark donated a duffel bag.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month is Captain Shawn Buchanan. Shawn is a graduate of Pearl High School and Holmes Community College and began work with the Pearl Fire Department on February 4, 1999. Since his start, Shawn has logged over 1500 training hours at the State Fire Academy and also has completed several EMS training courses. Shawn was promoted to Lieutenant in May 2007 and to Captain in July 2014. Shawn takes a lead b...y example approach while serving as Captain on B Shift at Station 4. Shawn’s experience proved instrumental as he served on the committee that designed the new fire trucks that were recently delivered and put into service. We appreciate his dedication to the fire department and his willingness to always go above and beyond the call of duty. Shawn is married to Erin and they have two children, Abbey (9) and Dalton (7).

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Captain Buchanan with a framed certificate, a $100 Walmart Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket with a gift card for a meal for two. Southern Society Real Estate donated $25; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa gift card; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; Big D's Diner certificate good for 1 complimentary Boston Butt and 2 sides:  Baldwin Lee Funeral Home donated a Yeti Cup and McAlister’s Deli donated 2 complimentary lunches.

We are proud to announce that the Firefighter of the Month in February is Lieutenant Mike Long. Mike is a Pearl High School graduate and attended Hinds Community College. He joined the Pearl Fire Department on February 20, 2012. Since then, Mike has been busy with increasing his knowledge and skills to become a better fireman. After having completed his basic fire school and EMT school rather quickly, Mike completed the Nationally Registered Paramedic program in August 2016. Shortly afterwards, he was promoted to Lieutenant in September 2016. He has logged over 500 hours at the MS Fire Academy as well as taking on extra roles at the fire department. Mike works at Station 1 on A Shift and is married to Heather Fowler Long. They have one child, Fowler.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Long with a framed certificate, a $100 Walmart gift card and a Cracker Barrel gift basket along with a complete meal for two. Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fitbit; Southern Society Real Estate donated $25; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; TempStaff donated a $25 O’Charley’s gift card, H&R Block donated a $25 Kroger gift card, McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month in December is Captain Billy Stegall. Billy joined the fire department on January 2, 1999 and was promoted to Captain on January 10, 2014. Captain Stegall works on C Shift at Station 4 and was nominated for this award because of his initiative in taking on projects outside of his normal duties. Billy has been involved with maintenance and improvements at Station 4 as well as being an integral part of the committee for the design and production of Pearl’s newest fire engines. He recently returned from a four day trip to Wisconsin to finalize the production of these trucks which should be arriving in early 2017. Billy is married to Ashley and they have two children, Laura Keegan and Anna Brantley.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Captain Stegall with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a gift card for a meal for two. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $50 gift card; Bullock Investigations and Security donated a $25 gift card to Saltine; Mickey Anderson Photography donated a family photo shoot; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; The Holiday Inn Trustmark Park donated a gift certificate for a complimentary meal for two at the Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Pizza Inn donated 4 complimentary buffets and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

 

We are pleased to announce that the city of Pearl Firefighter of the Month is Lieutenant Keith Hall. He began working with Pearl Fire Department in 2008 and promoted to Lieutenant in August 2013.  He is on the A Shift at Station 1 where he has proven that he is a great asset to the Pearl Fire Department and the community that he serves.  Keith has logged over 1500 hours at the State Fire Academy and is a Certified MS Smoke Diver and a Nationally Registered Paramedic.  Not only is he a vital part of the EMS delivery program that the city has implemented, but he also spends countless hours passing on his knowledge and sharing experiences with new recruits.  Keith lives in Pearl with his wife Angela and their four children: Hailey, Bradley, Preston, and Bailey.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Hall with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete dinner for two; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger Gift Card, The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; MedScreens donated a $25 Subway Gift Card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift Card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 Gift Certificate; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month is Firefighter Phillip Ohlis.  Phillip is currently a firefighter on C Shift at Station 1.  Phillip began work with the Pearl Fire Department 3 years ago on June 10, 2013.  Phillip is a Nationally Registered EMT and has already documented 1000 training hours at the State Fire Academy. Phillip is a highly dedicated firefighter who has that a passion for the job that is contagious. Phillip also serves our country in the National Guard as a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot. He has served both war time and state time. Since joining the fire department Phillip has set an example as being a leader who loves his job and takes pride in his work.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Firefighter Ohlis with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket complete with a dinner for two people. Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card, The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; MedScreens donated a $25 Subway gift card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the city of Pearl Firefighter of the Month is Karl Kolb. Karl started with Pearl Fire Department on October 7, 2014.  Previously, he had served with the Vicksburg Fire Department for almost two years.  Upon hiring with the city, Karl made an immediate impact with his positive attitude and hard work.  He completed his EMT certification in 2012 and then began working on his prerequisites for the Paramedic program.  Karl enrolled in the paramedic program in the fall of 2015.  He demonstrated a strong work ethic in his studies and he has already received an achievement award from Holmes Community College. He is on pace to finish valedictorian of his class when he graduates in August of 2016.  In addition to his EMS training, he also has logged over 1000 hours of training at the Mississippi State Fire Academy.  Karl is highly respected by his peers and continues to be a great asset to the Pearl Fire Department.  Karl works on B-Shift at Station 2 on Pearson Road.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Karl with a framed certificate, a Cracker Barrel gift basket along with a meal for two and a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card; Reliant Physical Therapy donated a $25 Subway gift card; the Pearl Credit Union donated a $25 Visa gift card; McAlister’s Deli donated a certificate for dinner for two; Signmark donated an insulated cooler and Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate.

We are proud to announce that the City of Pearl Firefighter of the Month in February is Firefighter Arlie Russum. Arlie began his career at the Pearl Fire Department on April 1, 2008. He works as a firefighter and a relief driver on A Shift. Arlie has logged over 1000 training hours at the State Fire Academy and is also a Nationally Registered EMT. He has spent countless hours of his time to train new firefighters and drivers and most recently he developed a new digital scheduling system for his shift to aid his Battalion Chief with staffing on a daily basis.  Arlie participated in the Lieutenant’s promotional exam in October 2015 and is set to promote to Lieutenant this summer in preparation for the opening of Station 5 on Greenfield Road.  Arlie is married to Katie and they have 2 children, Brayden and Aubree. 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Arlie with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket complete with a meal for two. Derek Havard with McIntosh & Associates donated a $50 gift card to Longhorn Steakhouse; The Pearl Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $25 gift card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger Gift Card; MedScreens donated a $25 gift card to Subway; Signmark donated a gym bag and Fowler Chiropractic donated a certificate for 8 deep tissue laser treatments valued at $320.00.

 

 

We are proud to announce that the Firefighter of the month in December is Lieutenant Todd Burkes.  Todd has been with the Pearl Fire Department since April 1, 2008 and has documented thousands of training hours with the State Fire Academy.   He was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2013. Recently he graduated in the top of the class in the NFPA 1933 Fire Investigator class.  Todd also conducts several fire safety education programs at Pearl Schools throughout the year.  Todd graduated from Pearl High School and is married to Lindsey.  They have three children, Anna Michael, Gracie Lou, and Kendall.

 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Burkes with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket that includes a complete dinner for two. Derek Havard with McIntosh & Associates donated a $50 gift card to Longhorn Steakhouse; Buckley Security donated a $25 Subway gift card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa gift card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate; Melissa Wade with Weichert Realtors donated a $10 I-Tunes gift card and Fowler Chiropractic donated a certificate for 8 deep tissue laser treatments valued at $320.00

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