first responders

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

A night meant for young celebration can turn to a nightmare in an instant. Juniors and seniors of Navarre High School received a reminder Tuesday to make good decisions as part of Prom Promise. This joint effort of first responders and the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club showcased just what can happen when […]

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

It is an all too familiar scenario for first responders working along the beach. After dragging a drowning person from the waters, CPR begins. But in those critical seconds of rescue, CPR has to stop for a victim to be transported over the dune line and out to a waiting ambulance. Read the full article […]

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Sandwiches can save lives thanks to the efforts of the Firehouse Subs Foundation. The nonprofit organization presented local first responders with grants totaling $51,294 March 13 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Caroline Street in Milton. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

On Feb. 14, 2018, the definition of school safety, statewide and in Santa Rosa County, changed forever when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire. Cruz used a .223 caliber AR-15 to kill 17 and wound another 17 in the attack. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Patrons of Firehouse Subs are often asked, “Do you want to round up to support local first responders?” Every time someone opts to round up the tab, the extra change goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as does a portion of every sale made at the restaurant franchise. Read the full article in […]

National Night Out to unite community

National Night Out to unite community

Back to school is rapidly approaching, and the 35th Annual National Night Out, Aug. 7, aims to help Santa Rosa County’s youngest residents prepare for the coming school year. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target stores each year in partnership with local organizations to offer entertainment, information, […]

Beer crafters turn hobby into profession

Beer crafters turn hobby into profession

From hipsters posting Instagram pics of the newest IPA at their local pub to military veterans brewing in their backyards, the United States loves its beer. And with that love has come an infatuation with homegrown breweries, known as microbreweries. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

Training for an emergency was the top priority for lifeguards and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning on Navarre Beach. First responders had a chance to familiarize themselves with a helicopter from ShandsCair that will be on hand if emergency transport is needed. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Fire department seeks updated extrication gear

Fire department seeks updated extrication gear

When firefighters arrive at the scene of an accident where someone is trapped inside the wreckage, it is often a race against time. Vehicles can become mangled beyond recognition and tossed onto medians, against trees, on the road and into ditches. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

The lifeguards returned to Navarre Beach Saturday as the first of the Spring Breakers flocked to the coast. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace said they are getting out on the coast before the rush truly hits. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

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 […]

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Proposals currently under consideration by the Constitution Revision Commission have been whittled down from hundreds to 37. If approved by the CRC, the proposed changes will go before Florida voters in November. Here are some of the key proposals: Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Nov. 12, 2017, a medical call in Navarre for an unconscious man is received by 911 dispatchers. A person is unconscious and not breathing. Dispatch relays the call to Holley Navarre Fire District Station 41. The next piece of information tells the firefighters that the patient’s condition is rapidly declining. He is in cardiac arrest. […]

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

The light shining through tragedy

The light shining through tragedy

We are in a time when our country seems so divided; racial outcries, black, white, Muslim, Christian, Atheists, whose life matters, sexism and so much more. The voices of today’s generation are all muddled by what they believe, all speaking at the same time and over everyone else’s voice. We cannot hear each other speak, […]

Security systems donated to sheriff’s deputies

Security systems donated to sheriff’s deputies

State Farm donated 200 free home security systems to law enforcement officers of Santa Rosa County Aug. 23 as part of the insurance company’s Protect the Protectors program. Mike Hill, speaking as representative for State Farm, said it was the least they could do. “The Protect the Protectors program from State Farm is our way […]

It’s a girl!

It’s a girl!

Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters helped usher a new life into the world in the early morning hours of July 20. A healthy baby girl was delivered to a woman in Holley by the Sea at 1 a.m., thanks to the efforts of Lt. Patrick Moore and firefighter engineer Johnny Robertson. Due to privacy laws, the […]

Training prepares first responders for the worst

Training prepares first responders for the worst

The hallway is quiet and dark except for the rasping breath and hushed whimpers of the shooting victims inside. They are waiting for rescue in the wake of the unthinkable. Suddenly flashlights illuminate the hallway as Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies, tailed by a team of Midway Fire District firefighters, rush to their aid. The team […]

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Lisa Johnson and her fiancé, Larry Terrell, were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on beautiful Opal Beach. The warm sun and white sand was just what the couple from Princeton, Illinois needed. They were here visiting Johnson’s military son stationed nearby. They noticed a couple out in the water. “We noticed them before, and it was […]

Prom Promise brings message to students

Prom Promise brings message to students

Prom is one of the most highly held events of a high school senior. It signifies the end of their senior year and celebrates a transition to higher education or a career. Some students will spend weeks planning the event; choosing the perfect date, dress, shoes and accessories; maybe even a limo rental. A perfect […]

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.

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Collection of a half penny sales tax is underway and county commissioners made their final recommendations Monday for the Infrastructure Surtax Committee, a citizen oversight group. The tax, passed by Santa Rosa voters, is expected to net roughly $35 million over its five year lifetime. These dollars are limited to infrastructure uses including transportation and […]

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

Santa Rosa County first responders participated in a mock response to a three-car accident Thursday, Nov. 17, on Avalon Boulevard to show off techniques to the Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30 and other members of the public during their annual Mock Catastrophic Vehicle Accident (MVA). Read the full article in the Nov. 24 issue of […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

City of Gulf Breeze honors man for fire rescue

City of Gulf Breeze honors man for fire rescue

Stephanie Wright, mother of a teenage son, would not be here today if not for her landlord David Hammond. Wright has multiple sclerosis and cannot walk. When her house caught fire late one July night Hammond was the one who rushed into the burning house to pull her out safely. The city of Gulf Breeze […]

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Navarre Beach’s Lifeguard season finished up Sunday, Oct. 30, to their highest numbers in recent history according reports by the Navarre Beach Utility that manages the lifeguards. Between March 13 and Oct. 16, the beach saw 75,818 visitors in 2016 up 18,870 visitors from last year. That’s a 33 percent increase. Read the full article […]

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

At a recent presentation to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Government Affairs audience, Mary Blackwell president of The League of Women Voters (LWV) in Okaloosa County explained the four amendments voters should expect to see on the Nov. 8 ballot. Each of the amendments will need at least 60 percent […]

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Three of Santa Rosa County’s emergency responders have headed into the path of hurricane Matthew to provide support to Flagler County in their time of need. Emergency Management Director Brad Baker, emergency Operations Section Chief Tom Lloyd and Midway Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg will assist Flagler in their emergency response to hurricane Matthew as the […]