Graduate receives scholarship in honor of beloved former fire chief

One day, Lexi Bresnan received an unexpected phone call from the Homewood Firefighters Association.

The association met a month before this year’s senior awards ceremony at Homewood High School and decided to honor his father, John Bresnan, a beloved former fire chief of the fire department. of Homewood, establishing a scholarship program in his memory.

“It was so special,” Bresnan said. “He was my hero. I loved him so much, and knowing that the rest of the community remembered him the same way I did was so special. Once they called me and asked if I wanted to be part of it, I was so grateful.

The first Chief John Bresnan Memorial Scholarship was presented to Homewood High School graduate Carson Reaves at the May 20 awards ceremony at Homewood High School.

The scholarship is for high school graduates who are embarking on a career in public service and demonstrate dedication, loyalty, intelligence and kindness, Bresnan said.

“They basically said, ‘We really want this to happen,'” Bresnan said. “They rounded up the firefighters and told them what they wanted to do. The scholarship money comes from the pocket of the firefighters. They all donated and we raised about $500, which went straight out of the pockets of the firefighters in Carson because it’s something they wanted to start.

Bresnan said the Homewood Firefighters Association hopes to have an application process for high school seniors next year.

The association reached out to Bobby Deavers, senior adviser and academic at HHS, who chose Reaves as their candidate, Bresnan said.

“This scholarship will pay for most of what I need for my dorm room and my books, which really saves me a lot of money in the long run,” Reaves said.

Reaves goes to Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina to enroll in its nursing program and aspires to become a travel nurse.

Reaves said he wanted to be a nurse since he was in second grade.

“It’s the aspect of helping people,” Reaves said. “I wanted to be a teacher, but I grew up with two of them. I thought, ‘I’m not sure that’s the one.’ I kinda felt the nursing field and I liked it.

Bresnan said the only worry she had when her father died was that no one would remember how great he was, but over the past two years and through the scholarship, she’s learned that it doesn’t. will ever happen.

And knowing that the memorial scholarship is awarded in honor of someone who has passed away gives Reaves a “new perspective,” he said.

“I’m really lucky to have this scholarship,” said Reaves.

Bresnan said she was able to have coffee with Reaves and his parents after contacting the Homewood Fire Department Facebook page to ask if there was anyone in his family willing to tell them more about him. .

“I really want to commend Carson for wanting to know more about my dad,” Bresnan said. “I kind of thought we were going to give him the money and that would be it, but his family said, ‘We want to know more about this, we want to know who this guy was and why Carson got him. I am incredibly grateful that the first scholarship we awarded was to someone so incredibly deserving.

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