One of the scholarships awarded during graduation ceremonies held on Sunday at Manchester High School was the 2014 Thomas Riffle Scholarship, named in honor of Riffle, who was a member of the West Union Volunteer Life Squad. Riffle believed that the medical field was one of the most rewarding careers that a person could aspire to and at t age of 52, he went to college to become a paramedic.
Riffle enjoyed every minute he spent as a paramedic until he passed away at the age of 56 while awaiting a heart transplant. Even while being part of the transplant list, he continued to volunteer and was on a squad run the day that he died.
The scholarship was created in his memory so that some young person could follow in his footsteps and continue his dream of helping people. The winner of the 2014 Thomas Riffle Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was Tyler Brummett, a 2014 graduate of Manchester High School.