The Rockland County Fire Chief’s Association made its annual Edwin Murdock Memorial Scholarship presentations recently at the Tallman firehouse during the monthly RC Fire Chief’s Assn. meeting. The awards were presented by scholarship committee member Frank Jewett.
There were three winners: Robert Condon ($500), Scot Orser ($500), and Matthew Dennison ($1,000).
This first award was to Robert Condon who is a member of the Brewer Engine Co. of the Monsey Fire Dept., as is his father Robert Sr. He was graduated from Spring Valley high school where he was a member of the National Science Honor Society. He tackled a college-prep program that include four advanced-placement, college-level courses. He also volunteers with the Faist Ambulance Corps. He will attend Rockland Community College this fall and has been accepted unto the Fire Science and Technology program. His goal is to join the New York City Fire Department.
The second scholarship award was presented to Scot Orser, a member of the Alert Hook, Ladder and Engine Co. of the Congers FD, as is his father Scot Sr. A graduate of Clarkstown North high school, he was a member of the National Technical Honor Society there. He is an alumnus of the Rockland County Fire Explorer’s program and volunteered in the Rockland Youth Fire Academy as well. He was also an honor roll student in the BOCES Criminal Justice/Fire Science program. An EMT member of the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps, Scot plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Dominican or Iona College, or the College of St. Rose.
The third and final scholarship went to Matthew Dennison, a volunteer firefighter with the Central Nyack FD where his mother Shari is an ex-Chief and the first female volunteer fire chief in the history of Rockland County. A Nyack high school graduate, Matthew was a member of the National Business Honor Society. He attended the Rockland Youth Fire Academy and has returned there as a volunteer. His school studies in business, finance, economics, art and music have led to Rockland Community College. His goal is to study music and become a musical artist.