TAVARES — Surrounded by family and top ranking officials from Lake County’s Public Safety Department, two longtime Lake County firefighters were promoted to lieutenants on Feb. 18.
The ceremony took place at the County Administration Building in Tavares and honored Lt. Jeff Hurst and Lt. Will Jenkins.
Lt. Hurst has been with Lake County Public Safety for 15 years, but he began his firefighting career much earlier. At just 16 years old, he shadowed Lake County firefighters and at 18, he became a volunteer. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” said Hurst. As for becoming a lieutenant, he said, “It’s one of those goals you work toward.”
Hurst’s wife, Kara, did the honors of awarding him with the pinning of his badge.
Lt. Jenkins has served nine years as a Lake County firefighter/paramedic and training officer. Surrounded by his parents, his mother pinned his new badge to his uniform. Jenkins, who has spent much of his career stationed at Grand Island, said he is honored to become a lieutenant, and looks forward to “more challenges and more paperwork.”
Lake County Public Safety Fire Chief John Jolliff and Assistant Fire Chief Jim Dickerson, along with a cavalcade of fire and county officials, were on hand to elevate the two new lieutenants.
“It’s always a good day when we can promote some of our own,” said Chief Jolliff. “These lieutenants represent some of the best of Lake County Public Safety.”