Richard A. Keen Scholarship

Richard A. Keen, A Dedicated Fireman

Richard Keen was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for 45 years.  He began his fire service at fourteen years of age, joining the Edgely Fire Company to which his dad Walter Keen belonged. After marrying in 1964 and thereafter moving to Levittown in 1968, he became a member of the William Penn Fire Company.  He served as Assistant Chief there for many years. In 1978, he moved to Newtown and continued his commitment to firefighting with the Newtown Fire Association, where he held many offices including Safety Officer, Treasurer and Trustee.  He loved driving the fire trucks, especially Engine 45. He received the “Chief’s  Award”  in 2003.

He was married for 40 years to his wife, Carol, and had three children: R. Todd, Tracy and Shawn, who also is a Newtown firefighter.  He had seven grandchildren.  Richard was a caring man who loved his family and was dedicated to his volunteer service of firefighting. His profession was a Design Engineer, but he spent more time doing his volunteer work.


2009 Recipient

Name: Bob Adams Jr.
Information: Bob Adams Jr. has been a member of the Newtown Fire Association while attending high school at Council Rock North. He is currently attending Bucks County Community College.


2008 Recipient

Name: Lauren Gatter
Information: Lauren Gatter has been a member of the Newtown Fire Association and the Northampton Fire Company while attending high school. Lauren plans to attend Bucks County Community College to study Nursing in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse.


2007 Recipient

Name: Nick Weaver
Information: Nick has been a firefighter with the Newtown Fire Association since he was 16. Nick plans to attend Bucks County Community College to study Fire Science in the hopes of becoming a professional firefighter.


2006 Recipient

No scholarship given


2005 Recipient

Name: Michael Krauss
Information: Michael has been a member of the Upper Makefield Fire Company for four years, a new recruit in the Fire Department of Montgomery Township, and an EMT with the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. Michael plans to attend Franklin and Marshall College, and is currently in the process of applying to the Fire Department of New York City.




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