Brandon Bisson at the Center Harbor Fire Station. Photo by Cheryl Senter.

Brandon Bisson at the Center Harbor Fire Station. Photo by Cheryl Senter.

Brandon Bisson is studying to keep his community safe

Young firefighter wants to help those close to home

Scholarship recipient Brandon Bisson of Berlin is already living his dream: He’s studying fire science at Lakes Region Community College — while working as a student firefighter in Center Harbor, and living in firefighters’ quarters at the station.

Brandon is getting his associate degree with help from the new Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The scholarship, Brandon says, “takes a big financial burden off me.”

Brandon plans to take paramedic classes while in school, and hopes to be a full-time New Hampshire firefighter when he graduates. He wants to “have a positive impact on the community.”

Brandon wants to work in a large fire department — but one that’s close to home. “I just feel it’s important,” he says, “to never forget where you came from and where you grew up.”

This story originally appeared in our 2015 Fall/2016 Winter Purpose Newsletter