Galveston native Scott Lyons was fresh out of high school when he followed friends at the Bacliff Fire Department into a new career.
That was 18 years and thousands of fire calls ago. Now Lyons is assistant fire chief of the San Leon Volunteer Fire Department, an emergency care attendant and tireless promoter of fire prevention.
He also works as a night security guard, with occasional night rides with county law enforcement. He spends days fighting fires, distributing smoke detectors and preaching prevention.
“Scott has and will go beyond the call of duty to make sure his community is safe,” San Leon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Pittman said in a letter of nomination to the newspaper.
“I am honored that he’s in my department, and I can call him a hero in the truest sense of the word.”
For his work as a firefighter and in the San Leon community, The Galveston County Daily News named Lyons a 2013 Everyday Hero. He recently was honored at a reception for Everyday Heroes selected from across the county.
Lyons knew from his first fire calls that he was in the right job.
“My joy is seeing the smile on people’s faces when we help them,” he said, speaking by phone after helping provide backup to firefighters at a restaurant blaze.
“I just enjoy being able to help somebody and knowing that when they had a bad day, we were there to help them through it.”
Lyons and his wife, Ashley Marie, live in San Leon with their 4-month-old daughter, Trinity Nicole. A graduate of Texas A&M University’s firefighter course, Lyons plans to sign up for the police academy at College of the Mainland for more training, with hopes of becoming an arson investigator.
Just as his friends once encouraged him, Lyons recommends firefighting to high school graduates interested in a rewarding career.
“The path I have chosen has been a blessed one,” he said.