2012-03-01 / Schools

VCfrefghters ofering two $1,000 scholarships

Awards named after Simi naval pilot killed duringfre on aircraft carrier

The Ventura County Professional Firefighters’ Association is accepting applications for the 22nd annual Shane Kilgore Memorial Scholarship.

Those eligible to apply include any firefighter residing within Ventura County, any children of firefighters that reside within Ventura County and any Ventura County resident aspiring to become a firefighter.

Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded on a competitive basis. One scholarship will go to a prospective firefighter and one scholarship will be awarded to the candidate demonstrating overall academic excellence.

Application packets are available at www.vcpfa.org or e-mail jerry.vandermeulen@ventura.org.

Robert Shane Kilgore grew up in Simi Valley and wanted to become a firefighter. He graduated from Simi Valley High School in 1986 and studied fire science at Moorpark College. He joined the U.S. Navy to gain firefighter experience.

Kilgore was a member of the “Flying Squad,” the Navy’s elite firefighting party. He served on the USS Midway aircraft carrier from 1988 to 1990.

On June 20, 1990, a fire broke out on board the aircraft carrier 125 miles off the coast of Japan. Kilgore was mortally wounded in an explosion while he was relieving injured and exhausted firefighters.

He was buried with full military honors and posthumously awarded the Navy Commendation.

Kilgore’s family and the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association have established the Shane Kilgore Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit aspiring firefighters and firefighters’ children.

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