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Firefighters, first responders continue lining up behind Jack Latvala

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Jack Latvala is expanding his appeal as a “hero” with first responders across Florida. On Wednesday, the Clearwater Republican announced firefighters in St. Petersburg, Coral Gables and Indian River County have added their support to his bid to become Florida governor.

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More firefighters endorse Jack Latvala for governor

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Adding to endorsements from firefighters in Miami and Orlando, Republican candidate for governor Jack Latvala picked up more support today from first responders in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, the campaign said in a press release.

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More Florida Forest Service firefighters to head out West

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Thursday said he’s sending 24 more wildland firefighters from the Florida Forest Service to help fight fires out West.

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Claudia Rodriguez: Motorola Solutions salutes Florida first responders

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This week, Floridians are taking pause to recognize and thank the men and women who protect us as we celebrate First Responder Appreciation Week. First responders make countless sacrifices and put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. Motorola Solutions Florida employees salute them for their endless support to those in need each day and during times of crisis. At the same time, our hearts go out to the families and friends of Master Sgt.…

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For firefighters, emotional stress often the deadliest enemy

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Battalion Chief David Dangerfield‘s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 volunteered for charities helping kids and families and was the 2013 Treasure Coast Emergency Service Provider of the Year. But one Saturday night last month, Dangerfield posted a Facebook message that revealed a world of pain behind the brave facade. “PTSD…

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A hero in war and fife        

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JJ Corbett is a hero of World War II, but, more importantly, he is a hero of the human spirit. He served on a mission kept so secret that only in the last decade or two have the American citizens known of it. And he was injured on that mission. But Corbett, now 92, from Bartow, was never allowed to fight overseas because of his color and the political climate of the time. He was a member of the 555th…

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Jack Latvala rolls out proposal to aid stricken firefighters

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A trio of Republican lawmakers — and one Democrat — are pursuing a measure in 2016 to boost the legal standing of firefighters who contract cancer while serving the public. State Sen. Jack Latvala‘s SB 456 would create a presumption in statute that firefighters employed by the state or local governments who become ill with cancer did so in the line of duty at great personal expense, and potentially depriving them of treatment. Many firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics must fight for years with…

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