Amy Fleming, the reigning Miss Winfield Fire Prevention Queen, won the Carroll County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Queen contest yesterday at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department.
The Lineboro representative, Kimberly Sue Fox, 18, was chosen runner-up.
Amy represented the Winfield and Community Volunteer Fire Department. The 17-year-old senior at South Carroll High School is no stranger to the importance of firefighting.
"My father's been a firefighter for the past 30 years, and my mother has helped out with the fire prevention pageants in the past," she said.
"I've wanted to do this since I was little."
Since becoming Miss Winfield Fire Prevention in July, Amy has been active in helping out the company and spreading the message of fire prevention.
She looks forward to competing in the state pageants and to her duties as the Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen.
"I'm real excited, and I hope I can do as well as the previous queen."
Kimberly is equally excited about being chosen runner-up.
"Hopefully, I can help the queen out," she said. "I'm glad I ran for it. It was a good experience."
Kimberly is a graduate of Southwestern High School in Hanover, Pa., and was the first runner-up in last year's Miss Lineboro contest before winning the title this year.
"I almost didn't run [for the title of Miss Lineboro]," she said. "Just nerves, I guess."
As the winner, Amy received a crown, a sash and a bouquet. Kimberly received a sash. All of the contestants received a gift set, which included candy and a picture frame.
The county fire prevention queen will go on to the Maryland State Fire Chiefs Association contest Nov. 21 at the Mount Airy station, then to the Maryland State Firemen's Association contest in Ocean City next June.
Eight girls, each chosen fire prevention queen for her local fire department earlier in the year, competed in yesterday's countywide contest.
The other contestants and the fire companies they represented were:
* Gamber: Allison Hetrick, 17, a senior at Liberty High School.
* Hampstead: Kimberly Masimore, 19, a second-year student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
* New Windsor: Robin Lease, 17, a senior at Francis Scott Key High School.
* Manchester: Sheila Bartee, 17, a senior at North Carroll High School.
* Mount Airy: Rebecca Early, 17, a senior at South Carroll High School.
* Sykesville: Jennifer Gilsdorf, 17, a senior at Liberty High School.
Each of the young women was interviewed individually by a panel of three judges prior to the stage contest. Each contestant then was asked a question pertaining to fire prevention.
Judging was based on fire prevention knowledge, as well as poise and speaking ability.
This year's contest was co-sponsored by the Mount Airy and Winfield fire departments and their respective fire chiefs, Dale Lowman and Tim Warner.