(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
State Farm Insurance agent Jason Cottingham of Lake City was recently selected as the top volunteer for the state of Arkansas for his service to the Lake City fire department.
The inaugural award was presented to Cottingham, who was selected from among all State Farm employees in the state of Arkansas.
The fire department received a $300 grant from State Farm Insurance on behalf of Cottingham, who presented the check to Lake City Fire Chief Debbie Davis. Davis plans to use the funds for medical supplies for the search and rescue truck.
"We are very proud of Jason," said Davis. "The grant will really come in handy and was much needed."
Cottingham, in his 10th year as a State Farm auto claims adjuster, has been serving the Lake City Fire Department for the last two years. In order to be eligible for the award, State Farm employees must donate a minimum of 40 hours of their time performing volunteer work of their choice. Cottingham is a first responder on 911 calls involving both fire and medical emergencies.
"I was very surprised when I learned I had won the award," Cottingham said. "It was a great honor. I am very happy that we can use the grant for such a good cause."
Cottingham, formerly of Bay, and wife Apryll, have two children, Austin and Jon Thomas.