Leon County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Award

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Leon County, Florida - October 13, 2012

Many from the community attended the 15th Annual Leon County Fire Truck Roundup on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Marpan Recycling Center, 6020 Woodville Highway. At the event, the 2012 Jack Harron Leon County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year was presented to Hank Kight of the Lake Talquin Volunteer Fire Department.

“Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line for the
community. For us," said Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi.

Hank Kight served in the Tallahassee Fire Department Reserve Unit from 1989 through 1998 before becoming Chief of the Lake Talquin Volunteer Fire Department in 2001. Through his service and dedication to county residents, Mr. Kight built four of the five response trucks for his department from the chassis up.

With an active roster of twelve members, Mr. Kight helps protect and
health safety while maintaining a small budget. With over 768,150
volunteer firefighters serving nationally, this year's award winner
lives the public service standard Leon County residents expect.

Created by Leon County Government's VolunteerLEON in 1998, the 2012 Jack Harron Leon County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Award is sponsored by Earl Bacon Insurance Agency. The volunteer firefighters have renamed this prestigious award after the former Miccosukee Fire Chief who lost a battle with cancer. Mr. Harron served 17 years as the fire chief and was instrumental in the creation of this annual event, which highlights the service and dedication of the men and women who protect life and property of Leon County’s citizens.

"Not many organizations expect volunteers, day or night, to put down
their children and rush off to fight a fire or respond to an accident,"
said County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Yet that is what our
volunteer firefighters do every day. When everyone else is leaving the
crisis, they are rushing in."

Information on how to become a volunteer firefighter was available,
along with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a volunteer
firefighter regarding the many rewards of joining the team in service to
Leon County.

For more information, call the Leon County Volunteer Center,
VolunteerLEON, at (850) 606-1970, Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300, or visit www.VolunteerLEON.org .

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