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Driver Engineer Kelvin Jones retired on February 5, 2016, after 28 years of service to Lakeland. His retirement ceremony was very well attended with many colleagues, family members, and friends in attendance to wish him well on the new chapter of his life. His biography shares:

Kelvin Jones has been a member of the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) since February 2, 1988. He has given 28 years of service to the people of Lakeland as a Firefighter and Paramedic. Kelvin joined the department as a Firefighter and promoted to Driver Engineer on January 4, 1997, which he retires as today.

Kelvin has an impressive background in working to help others in his community. Prior to his work in the fire service, Kelvin served in the United States Air Force (USAF). He served four years of active duty and then went on to pursue work with the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, which brought him to Lakeland. In making that move, Kelvin transitioned into the role of Reservist with the United States Air Force in 1986. Kelvin served as an Air Evacuation Medic while a Reservist and his work in the military would go on to influence his work helping others as an emergency responder.
Kelvin is a decorated military veteran who served in Desert Storm from November 1990 through March 1991. Kelvin would go on to continue work in the military and at LFD for the next two decades. In 2003 Kelvin retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Master Sergeant. 

Equally as impressive as his tenure at the Lakeland Fire Department and in the United States Air Force is Kelvin’s work as a Registered Nurse, which he still actively works as at Heart of Florida Hospital and the Walt Disney World Wellness Center. 

A Florida native, through and through, Kelvin grew up in Tampa, FL and is a graduate of East Bay High School. Kelvin has an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Polk State College and an Associate’s degree from the College of the Air Force. 

Celebrating Kelvin’s retirement along with him today are Kelvin’s supportive and proud parents, Samuel and Nettie Jones. He is also joined by his lovely wife Shirley and several of their children. Kelvin truly appreciates and enjoys the company of his large and growing family of five sons, one daughter, and a combined fifteen grandchildren in his and Shirley’s blended family.

Kelvin also participates in his community and gives back through his work as a member of the Lakeland Masonic Lodge. Upon retirement, Kelvin looks forward to filling his free time by spending time with his family and enjoying his hobbies of fishing, traveling, and camping in style in his RV. He even looks forward to using his time in retirement to pursue a Pilot’s License and a Master’s degree in Nursing so that he can someday serve as a nursing instructor.

Kelvin shares a quote that has deeply impacted him since a 2003 church service in which he heard it, which explains: “There are two types of people; Actors and Reactors. Which one are you?” and challenges others to live their lives with purpose as he feels he has his.

The Lakeland Fire Department celebrates Kelvin’s 28 years of service and profoundly thanks him for his dedication to the people of Lakeland. Kelvin’s many years of selfless service are deeply appreciated.

The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is proud to be able to honor veterans and recognize the many service men and women who have sacrificed very much in name of country and duty. The LFD employs many military veterans from all five branches of service and is excited to be able to participate in the upcoming Lakeland Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Tower Truck 15 flanked by Fire Administration and Fire Fighting Personnel will lead the parade procession. 

In addition to the departments participation in the parade, which has become an annual tradition, the LFD will also be participating in the Lakeland area Honor Flight reception scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM. The event is organized by the Polk County Veterans Council. The reception will be attended by community members, Polk County School's JROTC groups, former military personnel, community organizations like the fire department, and many others to welcome back area WWII veterans who will be returning from visiting the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. .

Particularly exciting is that two of LFD's very own, Lieutenant Harley Wilson and Driver-Engineer Kelvin Jones will be serving as a Guardians on this honor flight and have served as guardians on other flights before. Both are very involved with veteran related events and organizations as a way of giving back. Lt. Wilson served in the United States Navy. D/E Jones served in the United Stated Air Force and served multiple tours in the Gulf War. 

Upon arrival the plane load of veterans will not only be greeted by the throngs of excited and thankful well-wishers but also by the LFD's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) truck which will hose down the plane in an honorary gesture. The entire department is looking forward to participating in both the parade and Honor Flight reception. The public is welcome to attend and all LFD personnel are encouraged to participate. 

For more information about the parade from the event organizer, please click here.

For more information about the Honor Flight reception from the event organizer, please click here.

For more information about the Honor Flight Network, please click here