Midway Fire Department

Special fire district defeated, for now

Special fire district defeated, for now

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s attempt to become a special fire district failed in the Oct. 8 special election, despite getting a majority of votes in favor. Of the 277 voters of Navarre Beach that cast a ballot, 154 supported the formation of an independent district, but that falls short of the 60% plus one requested […]

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Navarre’s swim team is hosting an open water swim for the second consecutive year in the Navarre Sound off the beach at Juana’s. It’s a fundraiser for the program. At least 60 are expected to take part. That includes the writer of this article. It will be my first open water swim and the first […]

Truman Drive house fire leaves two dogs dead

Truman Drive house fire leaves two dogs dead

A home on Truman Drive in Navarre was already emitting smoke when the occupants, a man and his elderly mother, arrived home midday Tuesday, according to Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton. They called 911 and told dispatchers their two dogs were trapped inside.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of […]

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

A year after a vehicle fatally struck a woman on the Navarre Beach bridge, a Midway firefighter turned himself in to Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 22 after being charged with hit and run. Brayton Cale Secondine, 26, of Milton was identified as the driver of a red Chevrolet Camaro that left the scene […]

Governor slashes funding for local projects

Governor slashes funding for local projects

What initially appeared to be a successful state budget session for Santa Rosa County has taken a disappointing turn, delaying multiple projects. Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 21 released his final list of vetoed items from this year’s $9.1 billion state budget, and all but one of Santa Rosa’s allocations were on the chopping block. […]

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

In a wrap-up the 2019 legislative session, State Rep. Jayer Williamson addressed constituents of the Santa Rosa County Republican Club June 4 at Bistro 98. He said he was very proud to have chaired the Appropriations Committee in his third year as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.   Read the full article […]

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

Fire claimed the contents of a home on El Paseo Street March 20, leaving a local family with few surviving possessions. The cause of the blaze is unclear. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Navarre Beach firefighters were riding with an angel last week. The firefighters were escorted in spirit by Mason Sturms, a 4-year-old from Jacksonville. Mason died suddenly from meningitis Sept. 6, but since then he has made a huge impact, said father Ralph Sturms. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Forest fire burns 44 acres in Midway

Forest fire burns 44 acres in Midway

Billows of smoke rose over rooftops in the Midway area Aug. 8 as flames spread throughout acres of wooded area east of River Birch Road and Clay Circle. The smoke was visible across Navarre. Joe Zwierzchowski, a wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said a forest fire in the area affected roughly 44 […]

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

After months of debate, Santa Rosa County commissioners unanimously approved raising the fees that fund the Navarre Beach Fire Department, increasing its annual budget by roughly $232,000. The tentative approval of the increase in Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates, often referred to as the “fire tax,” follows the department’s warnings that it is seriously […]

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Usually in a pair of Chuck Taylors and a tie dye shirt, Skylar Farej, 14, never went anywhere without her headphones. She loved music especially country songs by artists such as Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. She also had a soft spot for rap. She could name nearly every song on the radio. “She knew […]

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, […]

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Smoke billowed from the gutted third story of a home on Navarre Beach Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at the beach side house, located in the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard. The thick haze from the fire extended nearly a quarter mile down Gulf Boulevard, where Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies had positioned […]

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

The man who set the Reserve Apartments ablaze while residents slept in their beds in neighboring units will not be going to prison. In the early morning hours of Aug. 5, Midway Fire Department responded to a structure fire in unit 78 of the building. The blaze was extinguished before it spread to other units, […]

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.

Holley home gutted by fire

Holley home gutted by fire

At 6:15 a.m., Feb. 4, the Holley-Navarre Fire District responded to a residential structure fire in the 3300 block of Doddie Lane in Holley. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

Fire leaves Manatee Street house total loss

Fire leaves Manatee Street house total loss

On the first day of Fire Prevention Month, Oct. 1, a residential structure fire at 7703 Manatee St. left the house a total loss. According to Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville, the two-alarm fire broke out while the homeowners were there and may have been burning for some time before the fire department […]

Captain Diamond says farewell

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 […]

Apartment fire under investigation

Apartment fire under investigation

State Fire Marshals are investigating the early morning fire that broke out at the Reserve Apartments Friday, Aug. 5, in Midway. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and Midway Fire Department responded to the 5:37 a.m. fire according to Sheriff’s Office press release. The blaze was contained to one unit in building 11 of the complex. No […]

Mobile home damaged in fire

Mobile home damaged in fire

Firefighters responded to a call Tuesday afternoon for a fire at a single-wide residential trailer home in Gulf Breeze. Midway Fire Department’s Jon Kanzigg said his crew got the call at 2:04 p.m. and was dispatched to the scene immediately. Kanzigg said they could see smoke as soon as they pulled out of the station. […]

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 […]

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Would you like to round that up? Firehouse Subs has been asking that question of customers since 2005 when they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The organization’s mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the nonprofit arm of the company, they have given […]

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Many changes have taken place in Navarre during the last decade; the number of households has doubled, the population has soared, and schools are bursting at the seams. New home construction rates are up and two new apartment complexes are set to join the market in 2016. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 […]