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Freeburg receives FASNY Volunteerism Scholarship

LAKE PLACID Lee Freeburg graciously accepted one of ten Volunteerism Scholarships handed out last Friday at the Firemens Association of the State of New Yorks Convention, held at the Crown Plaza. The scholarship, totaling $2,500, will help pay for education-related expenses as Freeburg heads to the New York State Fire Academy in the fall. Receiving this scholarship allows me to continue helping the community in the future, said Freeburg. Freeburg joined the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Fire Department two-and-a-half years ago after taking several courses with Tom Tucker, the departments chief. The courses helped Freeburg, an Eagle Scout belonging to Troop 12 of Gabriels, obtain merit badges. For his Eagle Scout project, he created a model-sized training simulator for PSGFD. The table-top simulator consists of hot wheel sized fire engines and small wooden structures that represent a village. James E. Cayey, chairman of the Scholarship Advisory Committee, said that scholarships were handed out to applicants that best exibited voluntary involvement in community activities and personal character. These young men and women deserve to be rewarded for their hard work and great talent, he said. This is an oppurtunity for various students to be recognized for their volunteer service and community citizenship. Freeburg noted that he is excited to pursue a career in firefighting. At some point Id like to try smoke-jumping somewhere, he said. Or maybe Ill end up in a city somewhere. Kind of different ends of the spectrum, I guess.

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