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2019 Firefighter of the Year: Jason Letzring


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East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to announce Jason Letzring as 2019 Firefighter of the Year. Lieutenant Jason Letzring. LT Letzring has continued his education obtaining his AA Degree, Fire Officer 3, and Fire Inspector Certification. He always has a positive attitude and volunteers to take on extra tasks without being asked. Acts of kindness do not go unnoticed with LT Letzring whether he is on or off duty, he volunteers his time to help others whenever it is needed. Last year he volunteered to gather his crew and dropped off Christmas presents to a family in need. He took it upon himself to make many phone calls when our 5k had to get rescheduled and was a huge help with our Santa program; he even donated Christmas tree decorations for the station to use during our annual holiday party. These are just a few of the many examples of the “above and beyond” attitude LT Letzring holds.  He is a true role model and is an excellent example of what a leader should be. East Lake Fire Rescue is happy to award Lieutenant Jason Letzring as Firefighter of the year for 2019!

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East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to announce Amanda Torok as 2018 Firefighter of the Year.  Driver Engineer Amanda Torok was nominated by Firefighters from East Lake Fire Rescue to receive this prestigious award to recognize her constant positive attitude and enthusiasm, for going above and beyond to help junior drivers in achieving their goals, for always being eager to assist others and for working devotedly towards her continuing education. Thank you for all you do DE Torok, congratulations!

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East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to announce Matt Wirth as their 2017 Firefighter of the Year.  Matt Wirth, who was recently promoted to Driver Engineer, provided the department with significant work as the chairman of the hiring committee, obtained multiple firefighting certificates over the past year and became a certified IAFF Peer Fitness Trainer, taking the lead for fitness improvement for the department.  Furthermore, Driver Engineer Wirth completed an exceptional job during a multi-family dwelling fire in which he extinguished a fire on the third floor preventing the fire from extending into the attic.  If the fire had reached the attic, twelve families would have been displaced and thousands of dollars of damages would have occurred.  Congratulations Matt Wirth.

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East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to announce Kenny Lane as their 2016 Firefighter of the Year.  Kenny Lane, who was recently promoted to Driver Engineer, has been a Firefighter Paramedic with East Lake Fire Rescue since March of 2010.  Lane came to East Lake Fire Rescue after serving in Marion County Fire Rescue for 6 years.  
Kenny Lane is actively engaged in several aspects of our organization including the Water Extrication Team, AHA instructor for Healthcare Provider, ACLS and PALS, the hiring committee, and acting lieutenant. 
At a recent incident, East Lake Fire Rescue responded for a victim pinned under the water by a commercial lawn mower.  Arriving crews saw no sign of the mower or the victim.  Kenny Lane, an East Lake Fire Rescue rapid diver, entered the zero visibility water, located the victim, and lifted the mower within four minutes.  The victim was removed from the water and transported to a local Hospital with a return of spontaneous respirations.
Kenny  Lane is a great asset to our team.  The department would like to congratulate Kenny Lane, his wife Lindsey Lane and their soon to be born baby girl Ella Grace Lane.

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East Lake Fire Rescue (ELFR) named Danny Weber as district’s firefighter of the year for 2015.   Weber also received the Morroni Award as Pinellas County Firefighter of the year.  He received these awards due to his heroic actions while on duty June 12, 2015, when a Tampa Bay woman lost control of her car and drove straight into a pond.  When ELFR arrived on the scene of the accident, Weber jumped into the pond without hesitation and made his way to the victim’s vehicle.  Weber used a glass-breaking tool on the driver’s window and pulled the victim out of the sinking vehicle.