Jerry Lee Broadwell is Arcadia's first firefigher to lose his life in the line of duty. Captain Broadwell died on August 22, 1975 due to complications resulting from extensive burns that he suffered as the roof of a burning building collapsed underneath him during a structure fire at 333 N. Santa Anita Ave. Because of Captain Broadwell’s devotion to children and his belief in education, his fellow firefighters and grateful friends in the community dedicated the Children’s Reading Room of the Arcadia Public Library as a living memorial to him.
Jerry Lee Broadwell was not only dedicated to serving this city, but he was also dedicated to the education of its citizens. Because of Captain Broadwell’s devotion to children and his strong beliefs in education the Arcadia Firefighter’s Association has established an annual scholarship in his name. The Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Arcadia High School Senior in the amount of $1,000. It is our desire, that through this scholarship, the legacy that Jerry Broadwell has left with us will be continued into the future.
The Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an Arcadia High School senior who exhibits excellence in academics, athletics, and community leadership and service. Qualifying students must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be a leader both on the athletic field and in the community. The scholarship is in the amount of a one time gift of $1,000. Recepients of the scholarship meet at the plaque of Jerry Lee Broadwell on graduation day. The plaque is built into the walls of Station 105. In cap and gown, all Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship winners are given a ride from the plaque to their graduation ceremony in our antique 1926 LaFrance fire engine.
It is the desire of the Arcadia Firefighters Association to expand this scholarship to span all four years of higher education for each recepient in the future. If you would like to consider partnering with the Arcadia Firefighters' Association in expanding the Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship to include all four years of college, please contact the AFFA with questions or designate a donation specifically for the scholarship. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
2008 Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship Recipient Melissa Huff
2009 Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship Recipient Drew Matsuda
2010 Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship Recipient Morgan Carpenter
2011 Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship Recipient Brianna Halberstadt
2012 Jerry Lee Broadwell Memorial Scholarship Recipient Madison Dreshner