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Shoop goes beyond the call

March 28, 2005|by JANET HEIM

Editor's note - There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like ...

Dan Shoop

Age - 26.

Occupation - Volunteer with Funkstown Fire Co.

Hometown - Born and raised in Clear Spring; lives in Hagerstown.

Where would you see Shoop? - A probationary firefighter, Shoop spends about 50 to 60 hours a week at Funkstown Fire Co., ready for any emergency calls. Whether the call is to extricate someone from a car at an accident scene or go to a fire, he's eager to help.

"It's exciting. I like to help people and see different things," Shoop said.

Shoop, who lives on Summit Avenue, was living on Wilson Boulevard when he became a volunteer in 2000.

The 1998 Clear Spring High graduate is taking classes so he can become a full-fledged firefighter and hopes one day to make a career out of firefighting. He just started a job delivering office furniture.

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Shoop's dedication was recognized in February when he was named Firefighter of the Year at the fire company's annual awards banquet at the Four Points Sheraton. This year is the 75th anniversary of Funkstown Fire Co.

Assistant Chief Paul Hottinger said Shoop received the most votes from his peers at the January membership meeting, but the awards recipient wasn't announced until the banquet.

Hottinger said Shoop was chosen because he "goes beyond the calls, whenever help's needed," whether it's emergency calls, cleaning the fire house or helping with fund-raisers.

Hobbies - Shoop is a big NASCAR fan and especially likes Dale Jarrett. When it comes to sports, he enjoys watching his favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In lulls between calls at the firehouse, Shoop plays video games and said his favorite game is "NASCAR."

What does Shoop like best about Washington County? - "I guess the mountains and all," he said. Shoop thought about leaving the county five or six years ago, "just to see what was out there," but stayed to be close to family. His mom lives in Greencastle, Pa., his dad lives in Clear Spring and he has a half brother and half sister in the area.

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