Slade Baker Memorial Scholarship open-applications announced for Lamar County resident seeking career in fire services

Slade Baker Memorial Scholarship

Slade Baker Memorial announced applications for the Slade Baker Memorial Scholarship are now open.

“We hope that this opportunity will help inspire people in the community to enter into a career in the fire service,” said Paris firefighter Austin Sugg.

Baker, who was a devoted public servant with the Paris Fire Department, “made sure everyone knew he cared about them, that he loved them, that he loved his job, his family; that he loved God.”

Former Paris Firefighter Adam Bolton described Baker as someone who would, “show up, smile and work hard.”

“Everything Slade did was to be with and better other people he was around,” Bolton said. “He wanted to be around people and lift them up any way he could.”

Paris Fire Department firefighter, now Assistant Fire Marshal, Cade Oats said Baker wanted to see people smile.

“He wanted them to laugh,” Oats said. “He would work every bit of overtime he could get at the fire department. If he didn’t get overtime and someone on another shift couldn’t work, he’d step up for them.”

The Slade Baker Memorial Scholarship will award $2,500 towards tuition for the Texas Fire Academy as they look to enter into the fire service. The recipient will be chosen based on an interview with a review board, academic performance and  a 500-word essay about ‘Public Service,’ and what public service means to them. The essay will also include how the applicant plans to use their career in public service to improve their community.

The $2,500 scholarship, offered in memory of Slade Baker who passed away in October 2019, is open to Lamar County residents who will attend Fire Academy in Fall 2023. Application deadline is April 21, 2023.

To apply for the scholarship, download the form from the department’s website click here, or stop by Station 1 on N. Main St. to pick up an application.

“We hope that with the scholarship that the memory of Slade continues strongly in our community,” said Sugg.

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