Ocala, Fla., November 7, 2012 – Ocala Fire Rescue’s 2012 Award & Recognition Ceremony honored heroes in our community and the fire service on November 3rd. The event held at the American Legion building, was attended by more than 150 people. The following businesses were recognized for assisting Ocala Fire Rescue this past year: Clear Channel Outdoor, Firehouse Subs, MetLife Insurance Company, National Fire Safety Council, Ordway Agencies, Trademark Metals Recycling, and Ocala Star Banner.
Thirty three firefighters received heroism or lifesaving awards; thirteen firefighters were honored for their service on the honor guard and SWAT team; nine firefighters were recognized for years of service, and seven firefighters were recognized for delivering babies this past year. In addition, six police officers were recognized for assistance with arson investigations, and thirteen civilians were honored for providing medical care to injured persons at accident scenes.