Student Firefighters Recognized for Heroism

Posted on 12/16/2011 3:48:19 PM

The three IUP students who were honored for the rescue of a fire victim in October are, from left, Simeon Logan, Travis Burket and Matthew Reynolds. (Indiana Gazette photo)

Three IUP students and two other community members were honored by the Council of Trustees on December 15, 2011, for the rescue of a fire victim in Indiana in October.

The trustees’ resolution of commendation honored W. Travis Burket, of McMurray; Simeon Logan, of Indiana; and Matthew Reynolds, of Cochranville, all students at IUP, as well as community members Michael Santos and Benjamin Harley.

All five are members of the Indiana Fire Association’s live-in program at the White Township station, along Indian Springs Road. Through this program, they receive free room and board in exchange for services rendered to the fire company.

Of the 70 volunteer firefighters in the Indiana Fire Association, 16 are IUP students.

The resolution recognized the firefighters for “continued commitment to this community and for their lifesaving acts of courage and heroism.”

Burket, a 2009 graduate of Peters Township High School, is the son of Bill and Carol Burket. Logan, a 2009 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School, is the son of Rodney and Darla Logan. Reynolds, a 2008 graduate of Octorara Area High School, Chester County, is the son of Craig and Josephine Reynolds. Burket and Logan are Safety Sciences majors at IUP, and Reynolds is a Criminology major.

Harley, a Johnson & Wales University graduate, is the son of Tom and Patrice Harley. Santos is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. Both are from Indiana.