Representatives of the Brownwood Professional Fire Fighters Association presented two area residents and aspiring firefighters with B.J. Carnes Memorial Scholarship checks Wednesday.

Kagan Mercer, 19, of Early, and Gabe Perez, 18, of Bangs, received checks of $1,000 each.

The B.J. Carnes Memorial scholarship is intended for individuals who want to enter the emergency services profession. Carnes, a Brownwood firefighter, was killed in a July 5, 2008 plane crash in Coleman County.

Early Police Chief David Mercer accompanied his son to the Central Fire Station in Brownwood to receive the check, while Perez was accompanied by his mother, Angie Powell.

"I'm proud of him," David Mercer said of his son.

Kagan Mercer, a 2012 graduate of Early High School, took pre-requisite courses for physical therapy at Ranger College and plans to enter the fire academy in McLennan County.

Perez, 18, is a 2013 graduate of Bangs High School. Perez starts Monday at the fire academy in DeSoto.

"I think it's perfect for him," Powell said of her son's career choice.