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Firefighter/Paramedics Colin Leidy and Alex Sanchez were recognized at the July 6, 2015 City of Lakeland Commission Meeting with the COL Hero Award. 

They received the award for taking extraordinary steps in the field to save a citizen in need. Their quick thinking and skilled practice in the field resulted in a man, who was suffering cardiac arrest, to survive and make a full recovery. The patients wife returned several weeks later with the good news and to thank them both for taking the steps they did to ensure her husbands survival.

They are both greatly appreciated for their service and dedication in the field. You can see pictures from the award presentation here.




After successfully making it through LFD's rigorous hiring process, new hire orientation, and a year long probation period that includes multiple skills, physical abilities, and knowledge assessments, Firefighters Daniel Ivancevich and Alex Sanchez celebrated their transition from probationary to regular firefighters in the company of fellow firefighters and family in a ceremony held February 11, 2014.

The ceremony marked the Firefighter's successful completion of the Personal Qualification Standards that the department uses to vet candidates. This probationary period is designed to ensure that new additions live up to the department's standards and are cut out for this difficult line of work. 

Assistant Chief Rick Hartzog presented both Firefighters with black helmets to replace the yellow ones all new rookie firefighters receive for their first year. The yellow helmets are used to easily identify new firefighters on a fire scene to the other more experienced firefighters and officers. 

Both Daniel and Alex were joined by their families and crew mates to mark this important moment in their careers with LFD.

Congratulations to both and continued success!

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