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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