Hayden native Brad Parrott recently was named rookie of the year at the Liberal Fire Department in Kansas.

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Hayden native Brad Parrott recently was named rookie of the year at the Liberal Fire Department in Kansas.

Hayden native named rookie of the year at Kansas fire department


— 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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Kevin Nerney 4 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations Brad, Just stay attentive, learn from the experienced veterans and keep studying. May you have a long and healthy career. Lt.Kevin P.Nerney Eng.207 FDNY (ret.) P.S. see what you can do about changing the towns name HA HA Stay safe.


rhys jones 4 years, 3 months ago

Heck, Kevin, he looks like a reasonable young man -- that's probably WHY he moved there.

I almost moved there myself -- but then I decided I LIKE deficit spending, burgeoning debt, endless wars, no other country, the Federal Reserve, moving all our manufacturing to the Far East, globalization, no borders, bailouts, million-dollar bonuses for CEO's of failing companies off the top of those bailouts, mass murder, and above all, the Chinese.

Sgt. Rhys Jones, MWSG-37 USMC (quit)


Scott Wedel 4 years, 3 months ago


Though, my cynical disposition causes me to wonder in a dept of 21 full time firefighters then exactly how many rookies were there in 2012? Did anyone ask if it was more than one?

Sure it is better than not being named rookie of the year, but it might mean indicate more of being competent than being great. Like the guy that won the local Girls on the Run race a couple months ago. Yes, he won, but a healthy young man should be expected to outrun preteen girls running with friends and family. Though, one girl Maggie actually made him work for it and was not far behind.


Brad_Parrott 4 years, 3 months ago

Hey just thought I would let you know there were actually 3 other rookies in the running for the award. Two other full time firefighters and one volunteer. I appreciate the congrats!


Scott Wedel 4 years, 3 months ago

Congrats again.

And in fairness to your achievement, Deputy Fire Chief Poulton did say very nice things that indicated you were doing excellent work.

And from the picture, no one should question the your bravery. Living and working in Kansas and wearing a Broncos hat!


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 3 months ago

I have a couple cousins who do what Brad does. If his firehouse is anything like the ones my cousins work in (in the Seattle area) the accolades from his superiors & colleagues are not to be taken lightly. Congratulations!

In other news, local guy makes good. Which our resident tools see as an opportunity to polish their dogmas. I wish I could say I was surprised. Although, one of the tools appears to have recognized his childishness an hour or so after the initial knee-jerk.


Dunck 4 years, 3 months ago

Brad you are doing an excellent job! Keep it up! Liberal is lucky to have someone like you on their department with your dedication. Stay safe! We are very proud of you.


john bailey 4 years, 3 months ago

hum, reminds of an airforce sargent awhile back, some people huh. nice work scott. you tear down that eye sore of yours in the OC yet?


jerry carlton 4 years, 3 months ago

Scott Wedel As I have told you in the past, I mostly ignore you, but once in awhile you irritate me enough to to respond to your inane ramblings. Get a life besides these forums. Go work on a habitat house this summer. Volunteer at lift up this winter. Do anything besides tearing down a firefighter who recieved an award.


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