Arlington: Lt. David Culhane Memorial Scholarship to Help Future Firefighters Achieve Dreams
A new scholarship fund has been established at Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center in memory of Lt. David Culhane, the City of Arlington’s longest-tenured firefighter.
Lt. Culhane, who lost his battle with cancer last July, retired from the Arlington Fire Department in April 2017 with 38 years of service. The idea to establish a scholarship came from Lt. Culhane’s wife, Deidre Culhane, who said she wanted to be able to share her husband’s love of the fire service with others. The Arlington Fire Department, working to raise a minimum of $30,000, encourages the community to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund and help educate future firefighters.
“David loved teaching anyone with a desire to learn. If he were here today, I believe he would be working at the Fire Service Training Center — even if it meant as a volunteer,” Deidre Culhane said. “Those who have trained with David will tell you that being “Culhane trained” means something special. He knew he was responsible for ensuring his crew returned home safely, and he took that responsibility very seriously.
”Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson said the purpose of the David Culhane Memorial Scholarship for Future Firefighters is to honor Lt. Culhane’s dedication and passion for the fire service and to provide the proper training firefighters need to serve with the same leadership, compassion and confidence he did.
“David was well known for his professional leadership, dedication to service, and honesty, as well as his clever wit,” Crowson said. “His commitment to his local fire district was a great example of how to make a difference in the community we serve. David’s sense of duty and honor inspired next generation firefighters to be their best while meeting the high expectations of our great organization. He was an outstanding officer, leader, and friend.”
Deidre Culhane said it was only when her husband retired after nearly four decades of service that she learned of the numerous commendations and life-saving awards he had received from the Arlington Fire Department.
“While he rarely spoke of his own accomplishments, he would frequently commend his crew for their life-saving efforts on everything from fighting fires, resuscitating citizens, rescuing teenagers from a flooded creek, extricating pregnant mothers in distress, or just sharing their passion for the fire service with young students,” Deidre Culhane said.
“He never wanted to be considered a hero, he just loved going to work,” she added.
Each year, approximately 15 unsponsored candidates register at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center with the dream of becoming a firefighter, Deidre Culhane said. The 14-week, daytime training course can make it difficult for candidates to maintain a full-time job, so the scholarship is designed to help relieve some of the financial burden for candidates and their families, she said.
“Our hope is the recipient will have a heart for the significance and support behind the scholarship and join the ranks of the Arlington Fire Department. Nothing would please David more than to have the recipient be able to say that they are “Culhane trained…” just differently,” Deidre Culhane said.
David Culhane Memorial Scholarship for Firefighters
Donate at http://foundation.tccd.edu/give. Using the drop-down menu next to Gift Designation, select “Please enter name of scholarship or program in the comment box below” and then enter David Culhane Memorial Scholarship in the comment box provided.
Send a check, made payable to the TCC Foundation, to 1500 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102. Please note David Culhane Memorial Scholarship in the memo line of the check.