Captain Diamond says farewell

After more than 34 years, Navarre Beach Fire Department captain Gary Diamond hung up his hat Saturday, Aug. 6, and pinned Danny Fureigh as the new captain.

Diamond started as a volunteer firefighter in 1982 at the Molino fire department where he eventually became a lieutenant before joining the Fire Academy at Pensacola State College in 2000.

Upon graduation he became one of only two people in Escambia County to become an instructor for a class the semester after graduation.

Diamond kept busy, working five jobs including teaching at the fire academy and working as a handyman. He worked full time at Midway Fire Department and part time at Navarre Beach Fire Department.

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Newly pinned fire captain Danny Fureigh, retiring captain Gary Diamond and Chief Mike Howard celebrated the pinning of Fureigh Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Fureigh was on the job immediately, responding to a call minutes after the photo was taken.

Newly pinned fire captain Danny Fureigh, retiring captain Gary Diamond and Chief Mike Howard celebrated the pinning of Fureigh Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Fureigh was on the job immediately, responding to a call minutes after the photo was taken.

Retired fire captain Gary Diamond leans against engine 49 at the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Diamond has been riding aboard this engine and many like her for more than 30 years. He served at Navarre Beach for 14 years.

Retired fire captain Gary Diamond leans against engine 49 at the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Diamond has been riding aboard this engine and many like her for more than 30 years. He served at Navarre Beach for 14 years.

 

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