A graduate of the Clopton High School is now serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason.
Bowling Green, Missouri native,and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Firkus is a fire control man aboard the warship, based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Firkus credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Bowling Green.
He says “I built a strong work ethic working long hours back home”.
He went on to say working at the prison in Bowling Green was stressful however helps him deal with the times of stress he encounters on the ship.