Fire Chief Shauwn D. Howell Sr. of the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department, spoke to students during their “Living Legacy” Black History program and received a certificate.


The Robert Morehead Middle School in the Dollarway School District hosted the event, according to a news release.


Howell encouraged the students to make decisions that lead to successful outcomes, and answered many questions.


RMMS students Amiya Gurndy and Jaliyah Gary introduced Howell and Amora Pryor performed an interpretive dance.


RMMS Dean of Students, Booker Mays, presented the chief with a certificate in honor of Howell being recognized as a member of Dollarway’s Living Legacy.


“Chief Howell is a 1986 graduate of Dollarway and we were honored to have him,” a spokesman said.


The district also thanked RMMS staff, Vernice Meadows, math/literacy facilitator; James Copeland, social studies teacher; and Dedrick Cross, history teacher, for coordinating the event.


Officials also acknowledged the Dollarway alumni who are having a positive impact in the city and reminded people “of all the great things and success stories that are here in Pine Bluff.”


Many members of the community attended the event.