It is midterms on the Plains, so this means time to find a quite place in the Ralph B. Draughon library and study. As you sit down, get all your notebooks and study area organized and begin to get focused on studying, you hear “RINGGGGGGG!” The fire alarm is going off. After everyone files out of the library, in a matter of moments the Auburn Fire Department fire trucks arrive to search the premise and save the day.
Briarfield, Ala. native, Cody Horton, senior in animal science has a love for hearing those fire alarms ringing, because it means he gets to put his turnouts on and help people in need.
“A turnout means the protective gear that we wear when we get called out,” said Horton. “We are serving the Auburn community by having the most efficient gear.”
Horton has been a firefighter for the Auburn department since his freshman year and has a passion for fighting fires and keeping Auburn safe. The fire division is under direction of the Fire Chief, who is responsible for fire suppression within the City of Auburn as well as Auburn University Campus. They conduct fire drills at all area schools as well as dorms and fraternities at AU. There are currently five fire stations in Auburn.
“After you make it through rookie school, the department offers the incentive of paying for your undergraduate career if you work shifts of 24- hours on and 24-hours off,” said Horton.
Staying busy with the fire department is just one hat Horton wears. Throughout his four years at AU Horton says he remained active in AU Block and Bridle Club, AU Young Farmers and Alpha Gamma Rho. He chose to enter the College of Agriculture because of his love for farming and agriculture and because of the small teacher to student ratio.
“The College of Agriculture is a family,” said Horton. “With small faculty-to-student ratios it is so cool to walk to your classes and literally know everyone’s name and have your teacher know where you are from and who you are.”
Balancing school and work can be difficult, Horton explains, but being able to balance them builds true character and discipline.
“Take your college years and cherish them,” Horton said. “Words cannot express how much my friends I have built relationships with have truly become my family. I will never forget the close Auburn family that I have found here.”