About the Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship

This scholarship seeks an individual that embodies the ideals of Chief James Perrin Seavey, Senior. Someone that has made it their goal to ensure the health and wellness of their sisters and brothers physically, mentally and spiritually.

Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. was a VCOS At-Large Board Member that passed away Sept. 4, 2018, after a courageous five-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Throughout his career, Jim’s passion was elevating morale, empowering members to exceed expectations, and providing through example unparalleled selflessness at every opportunity. Jim is remembered for his extraordinary devotion to family and for often undertaking duties that transcended traditional roles. While he shared in human weakness, he was unwavering in his values, commitment, and ethos. He was a faithful soul and he joined in a strong love for God.

The Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer, which he researched and co-authored, was a timely example of Jim’s national influence. Setting out 11 actions that can dramatically reduce deaths of first responders from cancers caused by the very fires they fight, it was published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs- Volunteer and Combination Officers Section and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

“When we lost Jim last year, it was felt by the VCOS and the fire service. We promised to carry on the fight for him,” said Chief Charles Flynn, Chair of the VCOS. “the Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship is one way we are continuing to carry out his mission and honor his memory.”