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Lake County to dedicate three new fire trucks named after late firefighters and Safe Haven baby

RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2017

TAVARES – Lake County Fire Rescue is inviting the public to join in “pushback” ceremonies as the division dedicates and names three new fire trucks. The tradition includes naming the trucks, shining the wheels and rolling them into the fire station. 

The Class A pumpers manufactured by Pierce in Bradenton carry 1,000 gallons of water, are National Fire Protection Association-compliant and were purchased using Penny Sales Tax funds. They replace 17-year-old fire trucks.

The ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Friday, March 17, 8:30 – 10 a.m. 

Fire Station 52, 306 W. Hermosa St., Lady Lake

“April” for the late April Hoover, who worked her way up through the ranks from volunteer firefighter to Lake County Deputy Fire Chief. She died of ovarian cancer in 2008 while working as the Clermont Assistant Fire Chief.


Friday, March 24, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Fire Station 77, 13431 Ohio St., Astatula

“Leathers,” for Lake County Fire Rescue’s only line of duty death, Firefighter Clifford Leathers, who suffered a heart attack while working on a patient in 1989.


Friday, March 31, 8:30-10 a.m.

Fire Station 112, 16240 County Road 474, Clermont 

“Iris,” for a Safe Haven baby dropped off at the firehouse in 2006 and later adopted to a loving family who has since sent holiday cards to the station each year. 


The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.




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