Landrum firefighters earn county honors

Published 7:31 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Danny Jones (left), Mark Rollins (middle) and Dennis Horton (right) were honored last week by the Landrum Fire Department and Landrum City Council. Jones received the T. Wayne Early Award from the Spartanburg County Fire Chief’s Association; Horton received the Hall of Fame award from Spartanburg County and Rollins recently graduated from the S.C. Fire Academy. (photo by Leah Justice)

Two volunteers with the Landrum Fire Department were recognized last week for receiving top honors from Spartanburg County. Another volunteer was recognized for completing training to become a professional firefighter.

Landrum Fire Chief Jimmy Flynn made a presentation to Landrum City Council last Tuesday, March 8 honoring Danny Jones, Dennis Horton and Mark Rollins.

Flynn said during the Spartanburg County Fire Chief’s Association banquet, Jones received the association’s highest honor in the county, the T. Wayne Early Award.

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Jones has volunteered with the Landrum Fire Department for 27 years and has served in many roles, including captain. Jones received the Landrum Firefighter of the Year award in 1994 and 2006 and received the Top Gun award last year.

The T. Wayne Early Award is given to an active firefighter who has given outstanding dedication to the fire service or who has demonstrated acts that go above or beyond the call of duty.

Former Landrum Fire Chief Dennis Horton was given the Hall of Fame Award for the county. The Hall of Fame is given to a past or present fire chief who has given years of dedicated service to his fire district and the county. Flynn said Horton is the sixth person from Landrum to be inducted into the county’s Hall of Fame.

Horton served as Landrum’s chief from 2002 to 2006 and help decrease the city’s ISO rating from 7 to 4, which helps lower homeowner insurance rates. Horton was also credited with adding part-time staff to the department. Horton received the Firefighter of the Year award for Landrum in 2002.

Also honored last week was Mark Rollins, who recently graduated from the S.C. Fire Academy. Rollins, who joined the Landrum Fire Department in 2007, was sponsored by the Landrum Fire Department to receive professional firefighter training.

Rollins thanked the department and the community for their support. The fire department and Rollins’ family paid for Rollins to attend the academy.