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From military to home front

Local fireman is a proud veteran

Colleton County’s public service industry are filled with veterans of the U.S. Military, with many local crews containing the stories of men and women who chose to defend our nation before supporting their own communities.

Scott Feather is one of those men.

Now a Battalion Chief and leader with Colleton County Fire-Rescue, Feather started his career as a firefighter and serviceman by first enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was out of high school for barely one month when he joined and deployed for the first time.

“At 18, you don’t understand the entire meaning of what it means to serve your country … I didn’t have kids back then. And at that point in time, there was no email or Facebook. You would wait on videos and letters from the home-front. To remember that, and to see what my fellow servicemen went through waiting on that communication while serving our country, it shows you the true meaning of what the United States sacrifices for force protection around the world,” said Feather. “When you realize that our entire military is made up of people who are willing to serve, to protect. That is incredible.”

An Illinois native, Feather moved to Tennessee as a teen and graduated from high school there. “I like to say I was born a Yankee but chose to be a southerner,” he said, laughing. From there, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. His first several deployments took him to Alaska and to Kuwait. “I grew up around cops and firemen. I knew I wanted to be a fireman,” he said. But, Feather also had a strong military support system. Both of his grandfathers served in the U.S. Military in World War II, with other close family members also serving in the Vietnam War.

“I didn’t do this job, choosing to be in the military, for recognition. I joined because I wanted to serve,” he said.

Feather left the U.S. Air Force in 2001, and immediately joined Colleton County Fire-Rescue. He has now been with the countywide fire- and-emergency agency for 17 years. “Walterboro is my home,” he said. “This is where I want my kids to come back, to visit.”

Feather, 43, is a father of four. His oldest child is following in his father’s footsteps, and is actively purusing a career in the Emergency Services field. His second son attends Colleton County High School, where he volunteers as a Firefighter-Explorer with CCFR.

Feather has also been married to Missy Feather for 17 years. She is a career Registered Nurse and has been in the managerial healthcare world for many years. With Scott Feather overseeing training and also being a boots-on-the-ground fireman and paramedic, the two are a power duo in the Colleton community. Both are proud to be a part of both the healthcare industry and the military, he said. “Being in the military, it has helped me be a better father,” said Feather. “It instilled a work ethic in me, a sense of family.”

Barry McRoy is the director of Colleton County Fire-Rescue. He has worked as a chief for Feather and alongside him during Feather’s entire career with CCFR. “Scott Feather is the epitome of a public servant. His dedication to our community is exemplary,” said McRoy. “He is presently assigned as the Fire Training Battalion Chief, a job which he takes to heart.”

According to McRoy, Feather has received three Valor Awards while working for Colleton County Fire-Rescue. One of those was given after he rescued two children and an adult from a house fire.

“Scott lives and breathes the Emergency Services Field,” said McRoy. “He is a salaried employee, but works a multitude of additional hours educating our volunteer firefighters, career staff and the public, for which he receives no additional compensation. He oversees our Explorer program and responds to incidents off duty to help those during some terrible situations. He is active in his church and gives back in so many ways. Scott is a good instructor and manager, always leading by example,” he said.

“And, he is really a nice guy,” he said, laughing.

 

Heather Walters (1389 Posts)