Steamboat Springs A 2008 Hayden High School graduate got a good review a year into his firefighting career with a department in Liberal, Kan. So good, in fact, that Brad Parrott’s peers named him rookie of the year at the Liberal Fire Department.
“He’s a great employee to have,” Liberal Deputy Fire Chief Skeety Poulton said Wednesday. “He’s kind of set the bar high for new firefighters.”
Poulton said Parrott was chosen by his peers and department administrators for the award because he had demonstrated knowledge of the job and was always willing to work.
“He’s been awesome,” Poulton said.
Parrott was born and raised in Hayden and volunteered for the West Routt Fire Protection District for a couple of years.
“When he was here, he showed a lot of promise,” West Routt firefighter Dal Leck said. “We’re all pretty proud of him.”
In Hayden, Leck said Parrott showed a lot of common sense and was willing to learn.
Parrott’s parents, Dan and Judy Parrott, still live in Hayden.
“We’re very proud,” Judy Parrott said. “He’s worked very hard.”
With his father having worked as a firefighter with West Routt, Brad Parrott grew up around firefighting and said he wanted to pursue it as a career. Before applying for the job in Kansas, Parrott earned an associate of applied science degree in fire science technology from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.
He started working at the Liberal department Jan. 1, 2012.
“It’s a little different than living in Colorado,” Brad Parrott said. “No mountains.”
The department has 21 full-time and 10 volunteer firefighters and serves a community of about 22,000 people.
During the awards ceremony, Parrott was given an engraved plaque and a certificate, and he will get the rookie of the year ribbon that he can display on his formal Class A uniform.
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