Firefighter Anthoney Schooley is the Knights of Columbus 2019 Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter Schooley was nominated by his peers for his outstanding accomplishments. The following is the nomination letter submitted to Fire Chief Yerkey and the Knights of Columbus:
Firefighter Anthony Schooley is a 4-year veteran of the Rock Island Fire Department, and was nominated for this award by Firefighter Jake Meisenbach. His dedication to the fire department, and to serving our community, makes him a worthy recipient. FF Schooley is always striving to professionally improve himself through education and training, and he has spent a tremendous amount of his own time and money attending courses throughout the State to better himself and the department. Because of this, FF Schooley is extremely proficient in his duties as a Firefighter and Paramedic, and always displays a positive attitude, a high level of professionalism, and an extremely strong work ethic. These attributes make him an excellent role model, especially with the younger members of our department, as well as the Paramedic students who ride with us. He takes the time to mentor, coach, and counsel them so that they are performing at a high level. Firefighting is a physically demanding profession, and FF Schooley reinforces the importance of maintaining a high level of physical fitness through words and actions. He is always willing to lead by example, and motivates his coworkers to participate with him in fitness training as a group. FF Schooley is always eager to take on additional tasks, such as serving as a Child Car Seat Technician, serving on committees and, in addition, he volunteers his time for charity work that the firefighters union is involved with.
It is with great pride that the Rock Island Fire Department selects FF Anthony Schooley as its 2019 Firefighter of the Year.