In an effort to ignite interest in community service and a passion for helping those in need, the City of Fort Thomas held their first ever "Firefighter for a Day" contest.
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Grace Mumper, a fifth grader at St. Thomas School was selected by a panel of judges to be the city's first ever firefighter for a day winner.
Grace was chosen by the content of her essay.
The theme of the essay was how you make your community a better place to live.
"Grace’s essay stood out among stiff competition for the honor due to her passion for helping those around her and her interest in the fire service," said Lt. Eric Scherpenberg, of Fort Thomas Fire.
"Grace’s grandfather was a firefighter for 33 years and the chief of Norwood until two years before his recent passing. It was obvious the tremendous respect and connection Grace has to the fire service and the Fort Thomas Fire Department is honored to help keep that connection alive."
Today, Grace will be picked up from school by a fire department vehicle and begin her duties as a firefighter with the City of Fort Thomas. Grace will be outfitted with a department uniform and will supervised by Captain Tammy Webster. Grace will conduct training with the on-duty shift, conduct fire inspections, tour the local emergency department, and eat meals with the department.
Tonight, Grace will attend the Fort Thomas City Council Meeting as the representative for the fire department and give the Chief’s Report to council.