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Pittsburgh, January 23 – Her home is thousands of miles away. But, giving back to the local community comes naturally to Azeh Atout, a La Roche College junior from Amman, Jordan. This past weekend, the Peebles District Volunteer Fire Company in McCandless honored the 20-year-old international student for her service to the department by naming her Firefighter of the Year. Atout is the first woman to receive the award in the history of the company and was chosen over 38 of her colleagues. She joined the company more than a year ago, after a rigorous training period.

“We are delighted that Azeh is being recognized for her efforts,” said Monsignor Kerr, La Roche College President. “Azeh’s willingness to offer her time and talents to the surrounding neighborhoods speaks directly to the quality of her character, especially at such a young age.”

Atout, an accounting major, is enrolled in the Pacem In Terris (Peace on Earth) Institute at La Roche College. Established by Monsignor Kerr in 1993, the international student program provides scholarship opportunities to students from developing and post-conflict nations. In exchange, students return to their homeland upon graduation to improve conditions there.

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