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**VIDEO & B-ROLL RELEASE** CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Hosts Ringing of the Bell Ceremony to Honor Fallen Firefighters

9/21/2021

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
**VIDEO & B-ROLL RELEASE**
CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Hosts Ringing of the Bell Ceremony to Honor Fallen Firefighters

To view and download the video, click here.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis hosted the ‘Ringing of the Bell’ ceremony to honor Florida’s fallen firefighters. During the ceremony, 18 fallen firefighters were honored as their names were inscribed on the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial in The Florida Capitol Courtyard. The CFO was joined by Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Today, we honor Florida’s firefighters who answered the call for service but did not come home. They dedicated their life to their communities and paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the Ringing of the Bell tradition, we honor those who have given so much and who have served with dedication, compassion and dignity. With each ring, we mark the ending of a final call for the brave souls honored on these walls, the ones who lost their lives bravely and with honor. This year, as we reflect on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and the tragic condo collapse in Surfside, it further emphasizes for everyone the tremendous sacrifices our first responders give to keep our communities safe. God bless these fallen heroes and their families.”

A list of the honored fallen firefighters is below:

• Anthony C. Christensen – City of Naples Fire Rescue
• Donald DiPetrillo - Seminole Tribe of Florida Fire Rescue
• Lloyd Losinger - Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District
• Dwain S. Bradshaw – Escambia County Fire Rescue
• Scott R. Neumann – Martin County Fire Rescue
• Brian S. Smith – St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department
• Thomas M. Barber – Jacksonville Fire Rescue
• Hervè Thomas – Monroe County Fire Rescue
• David L. Abernathy – Palm Beach Fire Rescue
• Walter “Pete” Gee - Fort Myers Shores Fire Protection & Rescue Service District
• Randall M. Donaldson, Jr. – Osceola County Fire Rescue
• Jeremy J. Saunders – Orlando International Airport Fire Rescue
• William C. Donaldson – Sarasota County Fire Department
• Jeremy J. McKay – Clay County Fire Rescue
• James G. Gunter – Cape Coral Fire Department
• Michelle Clore – Cape Coral Fire Department
• Jimmy D. Riley – Plant City Fire Rescue
• Eric M. Siena – Orange County Fire Rescue

For more information on Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial, click here.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).