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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces Highlands Lakes’ Earl Gray as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year

4/11/2017

For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2017

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater honored the winners of the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards during a ceremony hosted Monday evening at the Florida Capitol. Among the winners was Highlands Lakes Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief, Earl Gray, who was announced as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. The annual award ceremony honors those in the fire service community who have shown excellence in their profession.
 
At the young age of 18, Chief Gray started volunteering as a firefighter, answering the call to duty many times during the course of his 30-year career. Chief Gray’s experience is second to none, as he has been tasked with responding to calls involving distressed children and to high-stress responses involving airplane crashes, large-scale commercial fires and mass-casualty incidents.
 
As a volunteer fire chief, he is committed to recruiting and retaining other volunteers and equipping them with the tools and resources needed to best serve those in their local community. As a result of his inspirational and empowering characteristics, he has had the privilege of helping many generations of firefighters turn their passion into a career.
 
Chief Gray was nominated for the award by Florida State Firefighters’ Association.
 
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).