A young man of few words, Branson Aycock speaks mostly through his actions to show his commitment to his small community of a little more than 1,000. Aycock is the youngest firefighter in Moody.
The 18-year-old started with the Moody Volunteer Fire Department at 16 as a junior volunteer firefighter but has been around tanker trucks and fire hoses his entire life, he said.
“My grandpa and dad were both firefighters before, and I used to go on calls with my dad,” Aycock said. “But they’re not firefighters anymore.”
Now, the soon-to-be graduate will start working to follow in their footsteps and become a full-time professional firefighter, he said.
He will graduate from Moody High School in May with plans to attend McLennan Community College’s fire academy and hopefully join the Waco Fire Department once he’s finished. He also hopes to remain a volunteer firefighter for Moody, Aycock said.