South View High School
Meet Cody Gorman
“Dedicated to a Life of Public Service”
For Cody Gorman, firefighting is in his blood.
His dad and his brother are firefighters, and he is eager to follow in their footsteps. Even though he is still a senior at South View High School, he is a volunteer firefighter for Stoney Point Fire Department.
After graduation, he plans to live a life of public service, fighting fires and keeping his community safe.
Thanks to Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Fire Academy, Cody has already taken his Firefighter I and II classes that will help him achieve his dream of earning his fire science degree.
Located on the campus of E.E. Smith High School, the CCS Fire Academy is a challenging program of study for students interested in a career in Fire Science. Students attend training at the Fayetteville Fire Station on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The program also offers college-level courses through Fayetteville Technical Community College.
The program is a perfect option for students like Cody. Firefighting is his passion, and he has worked hard to reach his goals.
“I enjoy being able to give back to my community and helping people,” Cody said. “Being a volunteer firefighter gives me the opportunity to do that.”
Throughout high school, Cody has maintained good grades. In addition to serving at the fire station, he also played football and baseball. In the fall, he never misses an opportunity to volunteer at the Haunt Trail, which is put on by the fire department to raise money for new equipment.
“Cody has always been respectful, helpful, and determined in everything that he does,” said Jennifer Moorhead, teacher at South View. “He is a student who has overcome different learning abilities to rise above and go beyond. He is an asset to the school and the community.”
At South View and throughout the community, Cody is known for always being willing to help. According to Ms. Moorhead, we could all learn from him: “Cody is a role model for students as well as adults in the community. He shows us all that hard work pays off.”
After high school, Cody will attend Fayetteville Technical Community College to finish his Fire Science degree, a goal he set when he was 14 years old.
“There is nothing you can't do if you put in the hard work and time,” Cody said. “No goal is too small.”