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Junior Scotty Jones featured as a "13 Kid Who Cares"Student being interviewed by Bob Kavochic from News Cahnnel 13 in the GFHS band room

May 14, 2018 —
Monday, May 7, 2018 was a significant day for GFHS junior Scotty Jones and his family—it was the 100th anniversary of his family serving as firefighters. Scotty is a fifth-generation firefighter, and serves as a member of the junior firefighters of West Glens Falls Fire Company.

Scotty’s dad has been a career firefighter in Glens Falls since 1989. “Watching him fight fires as I grew up made me want to join,” says Scotty.

As a junior firefighter, he goes on the same calls as regular firefighters, except for late calls on school nights. “I go to fires, car crashes, I can help extricate people from cars, I can fight structure fires from the outside, and I can put out brush fires,” explains Scotty.

West Glens Falls Fire Chief Jeff Dailey says Scotty works hard on every call. “If we’re at the door, and somebody calls out on the radio that they need something, I can tell Scotty what it is and he’ll know where it’s at, on what truck, and where the truck is on the scene, so he’s very attentive to detail.”

Scotty points to a fire last summer in which his team was able to save the house. “We got to the scene and the garage was fully involved, and we stopped the fire from extending from the garage into the house. That’s the most satisfying thing.”

“The toughest thing about being a firefighter is going on a call at 2 am and then trying to get up at 7 am for activities the next day,” he grins.

He goes to other major fire calls in neighboring communities to video the scene, which provides crucial information to other fire departments about tactics and strategies to save lives and property.

Scotty is one of the officers in the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow, which allows older scouts to meet up and volunteer. He was a troop guide at age 15, which involved training the new scouts.

He also plays the euphonium, which is similar to the trombone, performing with the Lake George Community Band, and in multiple honors bands. “He’s a leader here in Glens Falls,” says Glens Falls band director Jeremy Bouteiller. “He’s always bouncing around helping other kids with their fingering, slide positions, correcting rhythms within the section, so he’s helping his peers out quite a bit.”

Next up for this “13 Kid Who Cares?” College, hopefully at Clarkson University for mechanical engineering, and then additional firefighting courses, and “maybe an officer position.”

Watch the video from NewsChannel 13 here or below: