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Motorcycle versus pickup head on in Cedar Hammock After a busy day in Cedar Hammock Fire District on November 22nd shortly after 7 p.m., a call for an MVA on 14th Street West and Florida Blvd came in to dispatch. On arrival, firefighters found a motorcycle versus pickup with the two riders from the motorcycle on the ground not moving. Firefighters from Engine 211 and 421 contained the fuel leaking from the motorcycle. Both were taken by ground to Sarasota Medical Center. The Florida State Police is conducting the investigation.
JEFF CRUMBLEY, VOLUSIA CO. COMMUNITY INFO.
Fire Chief Jeff Smith, right, congratulates Firefighter Michael Sypian for receiving the division's silver medal of valor.
Firefighters honored for heroic acts Volusia County Fire Rescue Fire Chief Jeff Smith recently honored five staff members and one volunteer firefighter for acts of heroism on the job. Firefighter Michael Sypian received a Silver Medal of Valor for rescuing a young boy from the surf near Bicentennial Park, demonstrating courage, knowledge and quick decision-making in an incident that was outside the
JUMP TO FILE #112015103 realm of normal fire rescue operations. Firefighter Gerard Krallinger and Lt./Paramedic James Lucas earned Bronze Medals of Valor for rescuing three swimmers from rough seas on Memorial Day Weekend. Volunteer Firefighter
Adam Boudreau received an Award of Commendation for his role in the rescues. Lt./Paramedic Jeremy Smith received a Bronze Medal of Valor for rescuing a man from a burning home. Firefighter/Paramedic Logan Eichler received an Award of Commendation for assisting with the rescue.
Cedar Hammock handles single SUV rollover After clearing from a possible structure fire, Engine 321 responded to a report of a MVA with a rollover on 27th Street in the 5500 block. On arrival, a Jeep Cherokee was found in the middle of the grass field on it's roof, both occupants were out waiting for medical attention. The two occupants only received minor injuries and were not transported. Firefighters checked the vehicle and found a leaking fuel tank and contained the leak.
- KATE LIND
Pinellas County officer development class held
The Pinellas County Officer Development Class was held November 9th through November 13th. Over fifty new and prospective fire officers from various fire departments throughout Pinellas County honed their skills in leadership, fire ground tactics, and strategy. The conference featured keynote speaker nationally recognized Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros of Sacramento, California, who shared his incredible expertise in fire ground management, safety, situational awareness and tactics. The officer development class also featured many experts in their fields of emergency response and was held at the new Seminole Community Building. The officer development course was a joint effort of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association and the Pinellas County Fire Training Officers Group and has been an annual fire service training event for over twenty five years.