Larson named Firefighter of the Year
A Eudora resident has received an award for routinely being cool during his trials by fire.
Barry Larson was recently named Eudora's Firefighter of the Year. Larson has been with the Eudora Fire Department for more than a year and also works with the Eudora Township Fire Department.
Fire Chief Spencer McCabe said this is the first year for the award. Larson was chosen by his fellow firefighters.
"We started doing it because it was a way to recognize those who gave their time, sweat and effort to the city department," McCabe said. "(Larson) is extremely dedicated and is a positive leader and role model."
Larson said the job was reward enough for him.
"I like helping out people, staying involved with the community and being able to help out," he said.
Larson was initiated early in November 1999 during a fire that damaged two apartments and Shepard Plumbing on Main Street.
"That was probably the scariest because I didn't have a lot of experience," he said. "You're not sure what to do, what to expect and what you're going to see."
As he endured, Larson's experience grew. His knowledge was put to the test in September during a house fire in the township.
"It was pretty neat because I was the first on the scene," he said. "To locate the fire and put it out was pretty intense because it was up in the attic. Not being sure on how long it had been burning there and whether or not the ceiling was going to come down on you was kind of scary."
He's grateful for the award, but said winning it came as a shock.
"I was kind of surprised when I got it because the other (firefighter's) involvement is tremendous," he said. "We've got a great group of volunteers."