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Firefighter Parnell values family, career

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Timothy “Red” Parnell became a full-time firefighter in January 2010 at the age of 34.

When he’s not out fighting fires or working as a forestry consultant in Shreveport, Timothy Parnell is spending time with his children.

“Parents’ time with their kids is so short,” said Parnell, who was named Ruston Jaycees’ 2011 Outstanding Young Firefighter. “You have that little window of time that you can be an example to them and be a part of their lives.”

Nicknamed “Red,” the 1994 Ruston High School alumnus who had bright red hair when he was growing up became a father while still a college student.

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