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heartland SCENE The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County Photography by Sharon Cannon

The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County celebrated their First Responders with a luncheon that recognized them as unsung heroes; those heroes that run right into danger as they are guiding others away from it. While the luncheon was filled with dedicated speakers, they also brought a little laughter, showed emotion and spoke of thankfulness for their jobs. The passion and commitment to the citizens they serve in Okeechobee County came through clearly. As many times as we could say Thank You to our First Responders, it would never be enough for they put their lives on the line every day. Even when they are off duty, they are really on, ready and willing to help in whatever situation they are needed. For all those in attendance, the time spent hearing the amazing accounts of their daily routines will not soon be forgotten. We may not know them all, but we certainly owe them all and a Thank You just doesn’t ever seem to be enough. The County and City First Responders were represented well and were given the opportunity to share their experiences. Those making presentations were: Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department – Sheriff Noel Stephen, Sgt. Michael Hazellief, Deputy Jack Nash, K-9 Unit Officer Leland Schoonmaker and Samba; Okeechobee County Fire Rescue – Deputy Fire Chief Earl Wooten; Okeechobee County 911 – Communications specialist Sherry Pollard; Okeechobee City Police Major Donald Hagan and Okeechobee City Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Lalo Rodriguez.

Heartland LIVING Okeechobee County Deputy Jack Nash and K-9 Unit Officer Leland Schoonmaker and Samba (K-9).

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(Left) Samba takes a little peak inside Heartland LIVING's Cindy Adam's purse.

Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2018  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...

Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2018  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...