September 21, 2023

Georgia fire officer receives scholarship

Assistant Chief Merkison


CSU and the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association presented a scholarship to Landry Merkison, an assistant chief of emergency services with Clayton County (Ga.) Fire and Emergency Services.

The scholarship covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program. Merkison, who says he has an “insatiable thirst for knowledge,” plans to use the scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fire science administration.

“As I look to the future of my career, I realize that I must begin to further prepare myself to assume a future role as chief of the department,” explained Merkison. “This is a goal that I have had since I started as a firefighter. I must ensure that I have prepared myself to the best of my ability.”

“I have always stressed the importance of preparing yourself through continuing education to the men and women of my department, said Jeff Hood, fire chief of Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services. “I support Chief Merkison in his efforts to prepare himself for the next phase of his career and applaud the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association for their support in developing our future chief officers.”

Merkison said his love of learning began at an early age.

“As a young child, I would follow behind my father as he worked as a mechanic into the early morning hours. He never tired of me asking one question after the next and taught me that I should never rely on others to do what I can learn to do myself. He also taught me that I had a responsibility to pass that knowledge on to others,” said Merkison. “It was the lessons learned from those nights in my father’s garage that gave me drive and passion to become a public servant.”

The Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association is a CSU learning partner whose members receive a learning partnership grant which allows any partner’s employees/members to save 10 percent on tuition. Partners’ employees/members also qualify for various scholarship opportunities with CSU.

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