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Holley Navarre Fire captain under investigation

Holley Navarre Fire captain under investigation

An unnamed captain within Holley-Navarre Fire District was placed on administrative leave in connection with multiple investigations regarding alleged misconduct according to a press release issued by Chief Ron Norton. “The district has taken this matter very seriously and has been working diligently to resolve it,” Norton wrote Oct. 4. “In conjunction with an HR […]

Lightning causes fire at Turkey Creek home

Lightning causes fire at Turkey Creek home

Thunderheads rolling through Navarre are being blamed for a fire that severely damaged a home in Navarre Monday morning. Located along Turkey Creek Road, the house fire was apparently caused by a lightning strike to the back corner of the house according to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton. “The house was unoccupied at the time. […]

New fire engines greeted in old tradition

New fire engines greeted in old tradition

Community members and firefighters will come together for a historic tradition Saturday to welcome two new fire engines to the Holley-Navarre Fire District. The fire district will host a push-in and wet down ceremony at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 45, 8618 Esplanade Street, behind McDonald’s in Navarre. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire District pinned two new firefighters July 13. Mike Ritter and Kailey White started working in the district July 3. Chief Ron Norton said both bring a lot of experience to the table. The two were selected from five applicants based on experience, qualifications and testing. Read the full article in the July […]

Fire district welcomes three

Fire district welcomes three

The Holley Navarre Fire District welcomed three new firefighters to the fold, accomplishing part of the additional staff needed to fully staff the district. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days […]

Wildfires threaten structures

Wildfires threaten structures

A trio of brush fires threatened homes Sunday afternoon in Navarre, Milton and Pensacola. As fire departments were called to their respective fires, other districts were called in as available to cover each district. The first call came in Navarre around 1:45 p.m. at Hidden Estates Circle off East Bay Boulevard of a brush fire, […]

Relay celebrates life

Relay celebrates life

Cancer has touched the lives of so many. This prevalent and diverse group of illnesses affects almost every part of the human body. One in every three men will have it, and one in every two women will face it said Rodney Martin Waites II. Waites is the 2017 event leader for Relay for Life […]

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

  Melissa Ann Severt, 44, of the 1900 block of Constitution Drive has been arrested on charges of fraud/swindle and larceny. The former employee of Holley Navarre Fire District is accused of raiding nearly $56,000 out of the firefighters’ pension fund over the four-year span of her employment. According to Chief Ron Norton, the transactions […]

Fire districts talk consolidation

Fire districts talk consolidation

No matter where it occurs from Midway to Navarre Beach, a reported structure fire will bring all engines and personnel available. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Burger King three-alarm blaze

Burger King three-alarm blaze

A three-alarm fire at Burger King in Navarre Sunday morning caused significant structural damage and firefighters had to cut through the brick in the building to fight the fire. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said that along with his district, Navarre Beach, Midway, Florosa, Hurlburt Field, Mary Esther, Avalon and Bagdad all responded to the […]

Couple escapes burning home on Salamanca Street

Couple escapes burning home on Salamanca Street

Dog in critical condition Jeremy and Cat Bradshaw were sleeping when the unthinkable happened.  Cat woke up shortly after 1 a.m. Monday to get a drink of water and saw the glow of fire. She yelled to her husband, “Babe – Fire!” Jeremy got out of bed, and saw the fire outside the back French […]

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

In the early morning hours of June 7, firefighters responded to a fully involved fire at 7057 Summit Drive in Holley by the Sea. According to Holley-Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton, the 2,600 square-foot home was a total loss. Just days later, the state Fire Marshal’s Office had declared the fire was a result […]

Holley-Navarre Fire District commissioner resigns

Holley-Navarre Fire District commissioner resigns

At the Oct. 5 Holley-Navarre Fire District Board Meeting, fire commissioner William Painter resigned his position effective immediately. He read a statement to the board members that in part said, “After much consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my position with the Holley-Navarre Fire District effective immediately”. The commissioners, though […]

Holley-Navarre Fire District celebrates 50 years of service

Holley-Navarre Fire District celebrates 50 years of service

The Holley-Navarre Fire District hosted a 50th anniversary celebration today at Station 45, located behind the Winn-Dixie shopping center.  “We want to honor those who long ago began the Holley-Navarre Fire District and those who continue to serve the residents of this community,” Chief Ron Norton said during his opening remarks. The ceremony that opened the […]

Blaze destroys Navarre home

Blaze destroys Navarre home

The Holley-Navarre Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 8900 block on Sunset Drive due to a reported fire in the kitchen. According to a release issued by Chief Ron Norton of the Holley-Navarre Fire District, the first Chief Officer on the scene reported a working fire with heavy fire conditions […]

Firefighters receive Distinguished Service Medals

Firefighters receive Distinguished Service Medals

Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville, Lt. Dan Davidson and Firefighter Richie Frank were honored Tuesday night with the district’s Distinguished Service Medal for their work during the March 10 Blackhawk helicopter crash in the Santa Rosa Sound. “I can truly say that these mend performed well above and beyond anyone’s expectations,” Chief Ron […]

Officials: Child accidentally started house fire

Officials: Child accidentally started house fire

Officials will not press charges against a child they say accidentally set fire to the family’s garage June 6. The home, located at 2610 Hidden Creek Drive, was destroyed in the fire, which started around 9 a.m. while the family was getting ready for church. According to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton, the fire spread […]

Official: Summit fire result of arson

Official: Summit fire result of arson

The fire that destroyed a Summit Drive home early Sunday morning was a result of arson, Kayla Anderson, spokesman with the state’s Fire Marshal’s Office, said Thursday morning. She said the department is investigating a “person of interest.” Firefighters responded to the fully involved fire at 7057 Summit Drive at about 3:45 Sunday morning. Holley-Navarre Fire […]

One dead in mobile home fire

One dead in mobile home fire

The explosion at Colonial Pines Mobile Estates that killed one man was a case of arson, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Officials have not yet released the victim’s identity. According to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton, the department received multiple calls of an explosion and a fire at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. He said one mobile […]

Fire District pursues property in Holley

Fire District pursues property in Holley

The Holley-Navarre Fire District Board of Commissioners voted March 24 to make an offer on 3.5 acres of land in Holley near the intersection of Highway 87 and Bob Tolbert Road. The district has been researching property in Holley as a potential site for a fire station. The board directed Fire Chief Ron Norton to […]