Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s James Williams

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County firefighter James Williams, who’s originally from Fort Pierce, has been in the field of emergency medical services for more than 20 years. Mr. Williams started his career as a medic in the U.S. Army and then carried that over to the civilian world. He worked as both a ground and […]

Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s B.J. Daniels

MOORE HAVEN — B.J. Daniels is from LaBelle originally and graduated from LaBelle High School there in 1997. He and his wife, Erin, who’s also a firefighter/paramedic on the Glades County Emergency Medical Services squad, live in Muse. Firefighter Daniels was the state champion in high hurdles for the 1996-97 school year and ran cross […]

Meet the Firefighter/Paramedic: Glades County’s Erin Daniels

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County firefighter and paramedic Erin Daniels — who is one half of a firefighter duo with her husband — has almost 20 years’ experience under her belt here in Southwest Florida. Mrs. Daniels worked for the first responders’ corps in Glades’ neighbor, Hendry County, for 14 years. She’s now entering her […]

Meet the Firefighter/EMT: Clay Sapp

MOORE HAVEN — Central Florida native Clay Sapp began his career in working to keep the public safe as a novice with the Glades County Public Safety Department just over two years ago. He joined up and took advantage of the county’s educational incentives to advance his standing from the very start by being on […]

Meet the firefighter: Glades County’s David Heflin

ORTONA — Veteran Glades County first responder David Heflin has dedicated 25 years of his own life to helping keep fellow citizens safe. His wife, who works for Glades County government, too, and he have two sons who also volunteer alongside him in the Ortona Volunteer Fire Department. So there may be Heflin family members […]

Meet the Firefighter: Elizabeth deBree

MOORE HAVEN — Elizabeth deBree says it was a “given” that she’d choose to become a first responder and, at “the ripe old age of 20,” she says, now her career has begun. Actually, it started a couple of years ago on her 18th birthday when she followed directly in her father’s footsteps and joined […]

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 Kyle Mann

MOORE HAVEN — Kyle Mann is one of Glades County’s new crop of firefighters, hired to help the Public Safety Department provide full-time coverage over all its widely spread out communities. Born and raised a few miles down the road in Clewiston, Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Kyle Mann attended some college but, he said, gravitated toward […]

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, […]

Meet the Firefighter: Glades County’s Jason Snyder

MOORE HAVEN — This 2019 season of Thanksgiving seems to be a good time to revive our old Okeechobee News tradition of recognizing first responders whose lives are on the line for all of us every day. Especially in Glades County this autumn there is gratitude in the chilling air as the county’s new full-time […]