Everett C. Pierce

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Keith A. Walker

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Frank Albert Smith

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James D. Sapp

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Mark A. Wilkes

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John M. Byers Jr.

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James C. Winters

Submitted by Dan Tynan‚ Sr.

Jim passed away while on a training mission at the State Fire Collage in Ocala. He was employed by the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District in May of 1988 as a Firefighter/EMT. At the same time he was attending the Florida State Fire Collage‚ earning 48 collage credits in just 30 months and maintaining a high A average. He then completed the Paramedic Program in July 1990 still with a high A average. He also taught numerous CPR and EMT classes and was very dedicated to his work. He was the proud father of two sons‚ Jimmy and Jeffrey.

Leon L. Benton

Firefighter Leon L. Benton died from a heart attack after collapsing during a basketball game at Fire Station 1. Benton‚ who played on the department’s basketball team‚ was working overtime at the time training for a state basketball tournament for fire department teams.

Karl J. Drews

On April 19‚ 1990‚ Fire Chief Kaye F. ‘Andy’ Anderson was transporting Chief Karl Drews back by plane after investigating the North end of the island for the best approach to installing drafting points to allow an for an improved ISO rating for that portion of the island as well as to test a draft point for GPM flow.

Shortly after take off‚ the plane’s engine sputtered‚ backfired and quit. The plane began to descend but after falling approximately 100 feet‚ the engine restarted and accelerated to full power although the plane did not recover from the descent and crashed into the water killing Chiefs Anderson and Drews.

Rufus J. Harrison

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