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We are proud to present to you the work of

Jennifer 'Jen' Stiles

A wonderful pencil artist

Below you will find several of Jennifer's drawings that are fire related,
she has served as a volunteer firefighter on the Kellogg Iowa and
Grinnell Iowa Fire Departments and is currently in her 3rd year
of study for Arson Fire Explosion. She frequently uses those
Fire Depts. when her studies require real life hands on Scnarios .

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On a trip to Kentucky Jen saw this old house and knew she had to draw it. She decided to knock on the door to see if anyone was home that could tell her something about the home. When she knocked on the door a sweet little old Lady came and welcomed her in. The lady allowed her to walk through the home and take photos. The Lady told Jen the house the original portion of the house (at the left) was there before Kentucky became a state which was in 1792. The Lady told of a book about old Kentucky homes and that this home was featured in that book. When Jen finished the drawing she presented it to the old Lady and it hangs on a wall within.


These drawings are Memorials to ones that have passed on before us.
It doesn't make any difference whether someone is old and has had a good life,
or someone that has passed on so young with a full life ahead of them,

This is a memorial drawing of "Reno" who was a K-9 officer on the Des Moines Iowa Police department, He was officer Tim Nading's partner. Tim was a former classmate of Jen's. Reno took a bullet for Tim in the line of duty, Reno survived his injuries but unfortunately passed away a year later from unrelated issues. Together, Tim and Reno won titles in National competitions. Des Moine's newest dog park was named after Reno

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Cute little twin sisters

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If you're a horse lover you might want to
have Jen do a portrait of your favorite horse,
or maybe you have a Mare that's going to foal soon,
wouldn't it be nice to have a portrait of the
newborn when it stands on all 4 feet
for the first time.

Terriers are the rascals of the dog world. Their name comes from the Latin word terra, meaning earth, and references their love of digging, Jen has done a great job of capturing this little dog's personality.


The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury. The drawing above shows the male in front with the female in the background.

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These drawings are of a fellow firefighter's boys,
looks like they are getting ready to be
a firefighter just like Dad when they grow up.

As a Firefighter and Artist myself, I appreciate the hours and hours of time that Jen spent on these Firefighter drawings, as well as the other drawings above to capture the detail and personality of the subjects she draws.

When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was, fire.

As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.

Thus, these men became our first firefighter and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one firefighter's wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder rung away from death.

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