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Michael Cossey
1502 Green Mountain Dr. #196
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
spam (at) arkansasfire (dot) net


Education
   1998-2002 - The University of Louisiana at Monroe
   Major: Mass Communications - Minor: Criminal Justice
   Bachelor of Arts degree, May 2002

Work Experience
   JUNE 2002-PRESENT - Maumelle, Ark. Department of Public Safety
   Currently serving as a career fire engineer. Duties include operation of fire apparatus,
   treatment of patients experiencing medical emergencies, suppression of structure,
   brush and motor vehicle fires and the extrication of persons trapped in motor vehicle
   accidents.
   
   MARCH 2001 - JUNE 2002 - Monticello, Ark. Fire Department
   Served as a paid-per-call firefighter. Duties included suppression of structure, brush
   and motor vehicle fires and the extrication of persons trapped in motor vehicle accidents.

   AUGUST 1998 - MAY 2002 - The Pow Wow - The University of Louisiana at Monroe
   Served in a variety of management positions at the 6,000 circulation weekly. Positions
   included editor-in-chief, assistant editor, chief of staff, sports editor and editor of the
   paper's online edition. Other duties included layout & design of news, opinion and sports
   pages; sports and breaking news photography; and production of special publications.

   JUNE 2000 - AUGUST 2000 - Advance Monticellonian - Monticello, Ark.
   Duties included layout & design of living and front news pages for 5,300 circulation
   weekly newspaper. Also handled a portion of advertising composition and layout
   & design of 2000 Monticello Visitors & Newcomers Guide.

   JANUARY 1999 - MAY 1999 - Campus Close-Up - The University of Louisiana at Monroe
   Wrote, produced and co-hosted weekly radio news program highlighting events on the
   ULM campus. Program aired on stations throughout northeast Louisiana.

   JUNE 1994 - AUGUST 1998 - Advance Monticellonian - Monticello, Ark.
   Began as a part-time type-setter and advanced to sports writer, photographer and
   ultimately to full-time sports editor. Also served as layout & design coordinator for
   variety of special publications, including 1997 Monticello Visitors & Newcomers Guide
   and 146-page special 1998 "Pride & Progress" edition of the Advance Monticellonian.

Community Involvement
   JANUARY 2004-PRESENT - Citizens For A Safer Maumelle
   Assisting committee in all aspects of campaign for a 1% sales tax in the City of
   Maumelle, Ark. Speaking to civic groups regarding benefits of the tax.

   DECEMBER 2003 - Monticello, Ark. Christmas Parade
   Served as one of two pyrotechnics coordinators responsible for planning, designing,
   managing and overseeing fireworks display.

   JULY 2003 - Monticello, Ark. Fourth of July Celebration
   Served as one of two pyrotechnics coordinators responsible for planning, designing,
   managing and overseeing fireworks display.

   MAY 2003 - Monticello, Ark. Rough & Ready Festival
   Served as one of two pyrotechnics coordinators responsible for planning, designing,
   managing and overseeing fireworks display.

   DECEMBER 2002 - Monticello, Ark. Christmas Parade
   Served as one of two pyrotechnics coordinators responsible for planning, designing,
   managing and overseeing fireworks display.

   MAY 2002 - Monticello, Ark. Rough & Ready Festival
   Served as one of two pyrotechnics coordinators responsible for planning, designing,
   managing and overseeing fireworks display.

Emergency Services Certifications
   Arkansas Fire Academy
   Basic Firefighter

   National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
   EMT-Basic

   Arkansas Department of Health
   EMT-Ambulance

   Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
   Hazardous Materials Awareness

Achievements & Honors
   MARCH 2003 Pyrotechnians Guild International - Certified pyrotechnics show operator.

   MARCH 2002 Premier Pyrotechnics, Inc. - Certified pyrotechnician.

   MAY 2002 Mass Communications Production Award - Earned for service in both print and
   broadcast journalism to the Department of Mass Communications at The University of
   Louisiana at Monroe.

   MAY 2001 Lady Stahl Memorial Award - Earned for outstanding service to the Office of
   Student Publications at The University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Collegiate Journalism Awards
   2002 Southwest Journalism Congress
      Second Place, Best Campus Life Photo - "Emotion"
      
   2002 Southeast Journalism Conference
      Honorable Mention, Best Spot News Story - "Yearbook Cancelled"
      
   2002 Southwest Journalism Congress
      Second Place, Best News Photo - "Emotion"
      
   2001 Louisiana Press Assoc. Better Student Newspaper Content
      First Place, Best News Photo - "Emotion"
      
   2001 Southeast Journalism Conference
      Second Place, Best Opinion / Editorial Page Layout
      
   2001 Southeast Journalism Conference
      Third Place, Best Front Page Layout
      
   2000 Louisiana Press Assoc. Better Student Newspaper Contest
      First Place, Staff-generated Black & White Ad Over 1/4 Page
      
   2000 Louisiana Press Assoc. Better Student Newspaper Contest
      Second Place, Staff-generated Black & White Ad 1/4 Page or Under
      
   2000 Southeast Journalism Conference
      Second Place, Best Opinion / Editorial Page Layout
      
   2000 Southeast Journalism Conference On-Site Championships
      Honorable Mention, Newspaper Page Layout
      
   1999 Southeast Journalism Conference
      Honorable Mention, Best Sports Page Layout
      
   1999 Southeast Journalism Conference On-Site Championships
      Third Place, Newspaper Page Layout
      
   1998 Louisiana Press Assoc. Better Student Newspaper Contest
      Honorable Mention, Best General News Photo

Professional Journalism Awards
   1998 Arkansas Press Assoc. Better Newspaper Contest
      Second Place, Larger weeklies, Sports pages
      

   1998 Arkansas Press Assoc. Better Newspaper Advertising Contest
      Second Place, Larger weeklies, Newspaper Promotional Ad
      

   1996 Arkansas Press Assoc. Better Newspaper Contest
      Second Place, Larger weeklies, Use of One or More Colors

References
   Available upon request.
  

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