GOVERNOR BUSH, GALLAGHER AND CABINET HONOR FLORIDA’S OUTSTANDING FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE PERSONNEL
Ten fire and rescue workers from throughout Florida were recognized for their work in 2004, including one firefighter who on-duty pulled a victim from a burning building and off-duty saved a life by applying the Heimlich maneuver to a patron in a restaurant.
The Governor and Cabinet also recognized firefighters’ commitment to raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of the International Association of Firefighters’ annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. Florida firefighters last year raised more than $1.2 million. In honor of their efforts, the Cabinet proclaimed this week, April 3-9, Florida Firefighter Appreciation Week.
Professional Firefighter of the Year - Manly C. Bolin, formerly of Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Service
Career Firefighter of the Year - Craig M. Rogers, Palm Harbor Special Fire Control & Rescue District
Volunteer Firefighter of the Year - Alexander Nualart, Plantation Fire Department
Fire Investigator of the Year - Darrell W. Brown, Gainesville Fire Rescue Department
Fire Inspector of the Year - George M. Ellington, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue
Forestry Firefighter of the Year - Frank Gibbs, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry, Sebring
Fire Instructor of the Year - Buck Tomlinson, Department of Financial Services, Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Ocala
Fire Marshal of the Year - Anthony Apfelbeck, City of Altamonte Springs
Established and funded by the members of the Florida Joint Council of Fire and Emergency Services Organizations, the Wall names 129 Florida firefighters who have died from job-related injuries.
Gadsden, Florida's fifth county, was formed in 1823. It once ran from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Suwannee River to the Apalachicola River. Quincy, the county seat, was incorporated in 1828. The courthouse, above, was built in 1912.