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On June 30, 2014 the Lakeland Fire Department bid a fond retirement-farewell to a 27 year veteran of the force, Anthony Parrish. Tony, as he is known to everyone at LFD, began his career in 1987 as a firefighter and served in that capacity through 2006, when he went on to serve as a Fire Inspector until his retirement Monday, June 30. A valued member of the fire safety management division, Tony performed fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and reviewed building plans in the northern Lakeland zone he served.

He was joined by well-wishers made up of family, friends, and colleagues at his retirement ceremony held at Fire Station 1. He is looking forward to enjoying his retirement and says he plans on spending time enjoying his hobbies which include fishing, scalloping, swimming, boating, and even a little bit of yard work.

Congratulations Tony Parrish and thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the people of Lakeland.



On Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in a well-attended retirement ceremony, the Lakeland Fire Department bid a fond farewell to Driver Engineer (D/E) Dean Ayscue. The ceremony featured touching speeches by Fire Chief Gary Ballard, Battalion Chief Wayne Epperson, several lieutenants and fellow firefighters. Assistant City Manager Brad Johnson was in attendance to present Dean with a plaque recognizing his 32 years of service to the City of Lakeland. Driver Engineer Ayscue was joined at the ceremony by his lovely wife Penny of 37 years, his three children Hope, Brad, and Gary, and his six grandchildren.

D/E Ayscue enjoyed a long career with LFD starting in 1983 and was one of the more senior members of the department upon his retirement. Fellow firefighters shared funny and touching stories about Dean’s athleticism, dedication to the job, excellent performance, and his devout faith. Dean serves as a Deacon at his church and plans to focus not only on that but also on his hobbies which include fishing, golfing, softball, and travelling. He also looks forward to the additional time he will have to spend with his family and working on the long honey-do list that awaits him at home.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to Dean for his many years of selfless and dedicated service to the people of Lakeland. 

 


On Thursday, October 17, 2013 in a well-attended retirement ceremony, the Lakeland Fire Department gave a fond farewell to Driver Engineer Joel Brown. D/E Brown was joined by his lovely wife and daughter as well as by many LFD personnel old and new, including some that are retired themselves.

D/E Brown enjoyed a noteworthy 30 year career with LFD which included a close call in a 1987 fire that led to a structural collapse. He was trapped with a fellow firefighter while fighting the blaze and fortunately made it through, making him a highly respected and experienced member of the department. 

He plans to enjoy his well-earned retirement hunting, fishing, and spending more time with is family.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to Joel for his many years of selfless and dedicated service.