Kaitlyn Bell, daughter of Wade and Laura Bell of Crescent City, is the recipient of this year’s Allison Seggebruch/CI Fire scholarship. Kaitlyn just graduated from Watseka Community High School and plans to attend Kankakee Community College and receive her Assistant Physical Therapy certificate.
Ms. Bell, who suffered a volleyball injury and lost mobility, changed her career path after working with Iroquois Memorial Hospital physical therapists Izzy and Jen. She had originally wanted to enter the field of education but after her recovery she feels she can help people in the future better by becoming a physical therapist.
Ms. Bell is the second recipient of this award. The first award went to Brittney Koester, daughter of Matt and Sarah Koester, when she graduated from Cissna Park High School a year ago.
The award was made possible when the family of Allison Seggebruch, who died in a tragic auto accident, donated $2,000 as a memorial to the Crescent-Iroquois Fire Department. In past years, memorial funds have gone towards the purchase of equipment for the firemen, trucks, rescue equipment and such. With funds raised by the annual chicken barbeque, pancake breakfast, cash bash events and donated by the community at-large, the main expenses of the department have been covered the past few years. Fireman Chuck Gocken suggested the Seggebruch memorial funds be used to start a scholarship program. The fire department has now set up the scholarship, which will award $500 to a student who resides in the Crescent-Iroquois Fire Protection District. The one requirement is the student must be entering a career field which offers public service.
According to Chief Scott Schroeder, the firemen have decided regardless of what happens in the school district, the department will keep this program available for district students. This will be dependent upon the continued monies raised through fundraisers and donated by the general public.
Kaitlyn received her award, which included a CI FPD patch, during the May 22 awards ceremony conducted at WCHS. Her award was presented to her by Katie Coulter, guidance counselor for Unit #9 schools.