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 […]

Meet the Fire fighters: Rangers fight a different kind of fire

The Florida Forest Service satellite station in Belle Glade is manned by two full-time wildland fire fighters, Clayton Mortimer and Ronnie Ouimette. Ranger Mortimer grew up in Loxahatchee on a forestry station, but he said although he did want to be a fire fighter, it was never his plan to become a forest ranger. His […]

Meet the Firefighter: Brandon Farless

OKEECHOBEE — Introducing his beautiful baby girl, Charlie Wren, into the world was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to him, says Okeechobee County Firefighter/Paramedic Brandon Farless. He and his wife Mary have been married for two years and have three dogs. They enjoy fishing and hanging out with family on the boat […]