Meet Glades County Firefighter: EMT Scotty Heflin

MOORE HAVEN — Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Scotty Heflin started his public safety career over 10 years ago as a firefighter volunteering at the Ortona Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Heflin said his family inspired him to go in this direction. “Grandpa gave me $600 to take a fire(fighter) one class in 2007, at Active Fire Training […]

Meet the Firefighter: Glades County’s Angel Cabrera

MOORE HAVEN — Another of Glades County’s new firefighting crew is Angel Cabrera, a Miami-Dade County native who, at 27, is a senior firefighter/emergency medical technician. For a young man who’s been in public safety work for only about three years, he’s got some solid training as well as credentials behind him. He has the […]

Meet the Firefighter: Anthony Martinez

MOORE HAVEN — Anthony Martinez is a native Floridian, born and raised in the southern end of the state, who is living in Davie (in Broward County) and recently joined the Glades County Public Safety Fire/EMS Department. Mr. Martinez, 34, was educated in the Broward County schools, receiving his diploma from South Plantation High School, […]

Glades firefighter no longer employed after rain complaint

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Public Safety Director Bob Jones said Tuesday that a county firefighter who recorded a Snapchat video in which he complains about responding to an accident during a rainstorm is no longer employed by Glades County. Robert “Bobby” Sarazen, a LaBelle resident, had filed a complaint with the Hendry County Sheriff’s […]

Meet the firefighter: Justin Hazellief

Delivering his own son was probably the most exciting thing that Okeechobee County Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Hazellief has ever had the opportunity to be a part of and he described it as the most amazing feeling in the world. Although as a paramedic, it was the third delivery he had participated in, that one was different […]

Meet the Firefighter: Luis Aguilar

GLADES COUNTY — Florida Forest Service State Wildland Firefighter Luis Aguilar says that although he was born in 1957, he is still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but until he figures it out, he is thoroughly enjoying his career as a firefighter. Mr. Aguilar was born in Mexico, Jacona […]

Meet the Firefighter: Levi Ruiz

  County firefighter Levi Ruiz was born in Pembroke Pines in 1996 and grew up in West Palm Beach, where he still resides today. As a child, his hero was Bruce Lee, and he aspired to be a musician in a rock band, but if that didn’t work out, he planned to become a firefighter. […]

Meet the Firefighter: Jarrod Akins

  Okeechobee County firefighter Jarrod Akins is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee who, along with his three brothers, attended Okeechobee High School. Growing up, his hero was Captain America, and it was his intention to follow Captain America’s lead and join the military when he grew up, and he did. During high school, his favorite […]