On October 6th, 2012, The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International announced the winners of the $10,000 Fire Service Educational Award, called Inspire The Youth. Sponsored by The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International and supported by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, the educational award helps young people achieve their educational and career goals. The Inspire The Youth Award contest was launched online in May and winners were determined on September 22, 2012. The awards ceremony was held two weeks later at the City of Avondale Public Safety Facility, where the grand prize winner received a cash award of $7,500 and the five runner-up winners each received $500.
The grand prize was presented to Brittany Kominska of Tempe, AZ. Brittany's award winning video and essay clearly articulated her desire to become a teacher and help the children she hopes to teach, just a teacher helped her as a child. The five runner-up winners also were announced during the awards ceremony: Rick Beedle of Phoenix, AZ; Erica Case of Phoenix, AZ; Torri Montgomery of Anthem, AZ; Danielle Teixeira of Tonopah, AZ; and Cheyenne Walker of Tempe, AZ.
"The videos posted by these young people show enthusiasm and ambition in their career goals and their written essays emphasize their commitment to education and training," said Steve P. Severaid, S.P.P.A., The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International. "Working with the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association is a great experience all around and you can see the same can-do attitude with these contest participants."