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U.S. Army Sgt. Scott P. Hankins
Soldier Earns Firefighter Honors
Army News Service
FORT LEWIS, Wash., June 28, 2006 — Sgt. Scott P. Hankins joined the Army to make a better life for himself and to realize his dream of being an Army firefighter.

This month Hankins was named 2005 Army Firefighter of Year.

“I was totally shocked,” said Hankins, 63rd Ordnance Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion. “It’s quite an honor to earn an award in any (profession) at this level.”

Fort Lewis Fire Chief Dean Dixon wasn’t surprised.

“Hankins doesn’t sit idle too much; he’s always keeping busy,” Dixon said. “He is always seeking ways to better educate himself.”

As a noncommissioned officer in charge of nine military firefighters, Hankins realizes the importance of paying attention to detail, asking questions and seeking new knowledge, especially when it comes to the welfare of his soldiers. While he doesn’t consider being 30 a disadvantage, he does feel the need to work harder than younger firefighters.

“Because I’m older, I want to study more and try to get as many certifications as I can,” Hankins said. “I also want to make it easier for the younger soldiers to get all their certifications and as much knowledge as they can get so they can be better at their job.”

Hankins said getting personally involved at the scene of accidents gives him a sense of pride and accomplishment.
U.S. Army Sgt. Scott P. Hankins earned the 2005 Army Firefighter of Year title. He will be recognized in Dallas at the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference and banquet in September. U.S. Army photo
“When you arrive on an accident scene knowing the victim is not going to get out of the vehicle on their own, you handle the situation from the beginning – from accessing the vehicle to actually putting the person on a stretcher and moving them to an ambulance,” Hankins said. “That person may not say ‘thank you’ as they’re yelling in pain, but you know that they’re thankful because you may have just saved their life.”

Hankins will be recognized in Dallas at the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference and banquet in September. He will also find out if he won the next and final honor: the Department of Defense Firefighter of the Year.
Last Updated:
06/28/2006, Eastern Daylight Time
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