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Local EMT, firefighter awarded 2nd scholarship

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM

MT. JULIET — Volunteer State Community College student Evan Guin is among 22 top students who will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of the Law Enforcement Education Program. 

This is Guin’s second LEEP dream scholarship.

Guin earned his advanced EMT license and is pursuing an associate’s degree in fire science from Volunteer State Community College. Guin is an emergency medical technician in the emergency room at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. Prior to that, he worked as an advanced emergency medical technician at Lifecare EMS in Mt. Juliet. Guin is also a volunteer firefighter for Mt. Juliet Fire Department. He would eventually like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

His career goal is to be an EMT and firefighter, following in the footsteps of his brother. 

“My brother, Kelly, has served as a firefighter in the state of Mississippi and an instructor in Colorado for the past 16 years,” Guin wrote in his scholarship application. “Kelly has been a great inspiration and role model for me from an early age. His demeanor, drive and passion for his job have led me to want to become the same great firefighting/EMT veteran he has become.”

He received a certificate in basic firefighting, firefighting I live burn and introduction to fire and emergency services from the state of Tennessee. He is CPR and AED certified, with 64 hours of live-burn training and pre-hospital trauma life support certification. 

“I graduated from the inaugural Mt. Juliet Fire Explorer program in 2014, which served as an introductory platform to community service outreach programs…as well as basic fire education and safety skills,” Guin said.

Guin was on the wrestling team from 2005-2014, finishing fourth in his AAU wrestling career in the 135 weight class. He was a member of HOSA-Future Health Professionals from 2009-2014. 

“The teamwork I learned during those days is something that has followed me to this day,” Guin said. “Although amateur wrestling is mainly an individual sport, it was through this competition, practice, hard work and dedication from my teammates that I was able to finish as high fourth in the state of Tennessee during my AAU wrestling career.”

Other scholarship winners included Steven Carlton, of Alabama; Lena Illig, of Alaska; Kyle Hartsuck, of Arizona; Erin Daly, of Connecticut; Delaney Henderson, of Florida; Faruq Lawal, of Georgia; Austin Leggett, of Illinois; Samantha Newby, of Indiana; Revel Lewis IV and Erik Vokoun, of Kentucky; Alexis Hower, of Nebraska; Mason Averill, Blake Erickson, Ryan Ferguson, Jacob King, Jenna Klokkert, Austin Lynema and Victoria Gunst, of Michigan; Philip Grella III, of New York; Rankin DeRonde, of Texas; and Michaela MacDonald, of Wisconsin. 

In its 12th year, LEEP has awarded some $162,000 in dream scholarships to students showing a demonstrated interest in public service and law enforcement careers. The nonprofit public safety group’s scholarship program is made possible by a growing list of national supporters.

Visit leepusa.com for more information about LEEP programs.

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