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Maplewood Firefighters Help Honor Ryan Hummert at Rockwood Summit HS

Ryan Hummert played football at Rockwood Summit, so every year Ryan Hummert Spirit Night honors Hummert, and a senior player is given a $1,000 scholarship.

Maplewood has a connection to Rockwood Summit High School.

Ryan Hummert, the Maplewood firefighter killed in the line of duty played football there and graduated in the class of 2004.

When Hummert was killed, Donna Woodland, president of the booster club, who's son, Joe, played with Hummert, spearheaded Ryan Hummert Spirit Night. 

The 2012 Ryan Hummer Spirit Night was Sept. 14, and members of the Maplewood Fire Department took part.

With money from special discounted tickets, the Falcon Football Boosters, and Coach Mike Bellers have been able to offer a $1,000 Ryan Hummert Scholarship each year for a senior Falcon football player who exemplifies the character traits that Hummert lived.

"If you didn't have the privilege of knowing Ryan Hummert, RSHS Class of 2004, he was an outstanding leader on and off the football field, where he was a team captain and proudly wore jersey number 58," Woodland said in an email. "Ryan was an inspiration to many younger Falcon football players, as he always positively encouraged them to do their best."

The fire fighters greeted families, collected donations for the Ryan Hummert Scholarship, participated in the opening game coin toss, and carried the Spirit Trophy to present to the winner at half time.

Woodland also said moments before presenting the trophy, "A call came out for the Fenton Fire Department for a sick coach in our school's locker room.  One of the visiting coaches had heat related issues.  As soon as (the Maplewood) firefighters heard that call for help on the radio, they ruished to the locker room to take care of this sick coach while waiting for the Fenton Fire Department to arrive."

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