Lt. Jeffrey Bruce Newland was born September 3, 1963, to Byron “Mike” and Jane Newland and was raised with his brother, Brian “Jim” Newland, in Pine Island, Florida. Jeff is survived by his significant other, Beverly Ward; their son, Clayton Newland; his stepson, Colton Ward; and his loving nephew, Cody Newland.
After graduating high school, Jeff immediately joined the United States Navy, where he served nine years active duty on the USS Saratoga, Naval Air Station Key West, and Charleston Naval Base. He then went into the U.S. Naval Reserves and was working with Naval Reserve Center St. Petersburg/Clearwater. He retired with Honors from the U.S. Naval Reserves as an Interior Communications Specialist IC1 after 23 years of service to our country.
His public service career began in Lee County, Florida, with Lee County EMS as a paramedic. He went to fire school and began his fire career with Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District. He then worked for South Trail Fire and Rescue District, and finally settled in with North Port Fire Rescue in 2000 as a firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to lieutenant in February of 2008 and was most recently the A Shift station officer at Station 82, on North Port Boulevard. He was a skilled officer and paramedic who earned an excellent reputation for both his customer service and his leadership in the field. He received multiple “Phoenix Awards” for successfully resuscitating a patient in cardiac arrest. He was loved by his work family and will be missed.
Jeff grew up in Pine Island, Florida, where he learned his love and appreciation for the water. He spent much of his free time on the water either riding his jet skis or kayaking. He was very involved in the boys’ lives. Between helping coach baseball for Clayton and attending football games for Colton, he was always there supporting them. He was a world traveler and took trips every year. He could be found tinkering around the garage on one of many projects he would have. He was never too busy to help anyone in need. He often was helping friends, neighbors, and even people stuck on the side of the road. Jeff was the problem solving guy with a strong will to do what’s right, and his integrity, laugh, and love of life will always be missed.