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Lakeland Police Department (LPD) Officers Jaime Smith and Kevin Parker received the City of Lakeland’s Heroism Award after being nominated for their actions by Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) Fire Inspector Shannon Turbeville, who at the time of the incident was serving as Fire Lieutenant on a responding engine. 

Mayor Howard Wiggs and Sgt. Harper presented the two officers the Heroism Award at the Monday, February 03, 2014 City Commission Meeting. The officers were recognized for their efforts involving a fire that occurred on November 23, 2013 in a room at the Hyatt Place located near the Lakeland Center. These two officers were the first to arrive on the scene. Parker and Smith unselfishly went to the fire floor and announced an evacuation of all the guests. They then went to the room where the fire originated and made sure the occupants were evacuated and cleared the floor of guests. They met firefighters in the lobby and informed them of the situation and assisted in a room by room evacuation of the fire floor.

Inspector Turbeville was impressed by their dedication to ensuring everyone’s safety and their selfless act of rushing into a fire affected area, even in the absence of formal fire training, in the critical early moments of the incident. So much so, that he immediately thought to recognize the two officers for their efforts through the City’s recognition program.

A big congratulations goes out to Officers Smith and Parker. Thank you from the Lakeland Fire Department. 

Officers Parker and Smith with Inspector Turbeville after the award presentation.


On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Shannon Turbeville was promoted to Fire Inspector in a well-attended ceremony. Well-wishers included Mayor Gow Fields and both the deputy and assistant city managers. Speakers shared fun stories about Inspector Turbeville’s time with LFD and remarked on the great job they believe he will do due to his eye for detail and organizational skills. 

Shannon Turbeville joined the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) on October 4, 1999 as a firefighter and was promoted to Driver Engineer in 2006 prior to his promotion to Fire Inspector and Investigator. Inspector Turbeville has consistently sought out opportunities for professional development having received several certifications including Fire Officer I, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, Public Information Officer, and Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting. He has also successfully completed the Lakeland Fire Department Fire Officer Leadership Development Program.   

Shannon is a Lakeland native, born and raised, having attended and graduated from Lakeland Christian High School prior to seeking a career in the fire service. Shannon received fire standards and completed his Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Hillsborough Community College in 1998 and completed EMT training in 1999.   Shannon, who happily lives and serves in the community he calls, has been married to his wife Melissa for 14 years and has three growing boys, Nathan, Matthew, and Kenneth. Shannon enjoys boating and hunting during his free time. 

Congratulations Inspector Turbeville!