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Last Alarm - Firefighter/EMT Richard "Rick" Gilbert - Englewood Fire Department

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Firefighter/EMT Richard “Rick” A. Gilbert

January 25, 1981 - May 24, 2015

Englewood Fire Department

It is with a heavy heart that Local 2546 announces the passing of our Englewood Brother Rick Gilbert on May 24th 2015. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Astrid, his immediate and extended family, and his friends as they mourn this tragic, unexpected loss.

Rick was hired by the Englewood Area Fire Control District on January 11th, 2008. Firehouse rumor was that he was likely hired for his reputation as a connoisseur of Spanish cuisine and, in particular, for his “Mean Enchilada” recipe, which was simply the best ever made. He was affectionately known to his fellow Firefighters as “The Wizard” because of his unexpected antics and prowess as an extreme sports and martial arts enthusiast. The guys say he could appear suddenly in a room, either without making a sound or, more dramatically, with some martial arts “Bruce Lee” move.

Rick loved his job as a Firefighter/EMT and was viewed by his peers a true professional. Rick came from a Firefighter family that hails from Downer’s Grove, Illinois. His Father, Richard, and his Uncles (Jim, Mike, and Dan) were all Firefighters. His younger brother, Brian, is an Emergency Medical Technician in Austin, Texas.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Englewood Event Center, located at 3069 South McCall Rd in Englewood, Florida.  

A memorial fund has been set up for on-line donations at

Rest in Peace Brother Rick, until we meet again…

Your Brothers and Sisters of Local 2546

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We have some new Local 2546 coming into stock. They are the Black distressed look with Logos on front and back. The long sleeve Grey with Logo front picture back and new flex fit hats. Prices are Distressed Shirts $10.00 - Long Sleeve Shirts $17.50, and Hats are $19.00


Address Exemption Sheet

As noted in the January edition of Straight Streams you need to fill out an address exempt form if you are so requesting. the link below takes you to the form you can print and fill out to exempt your address under Florida Statute.

Download: address restriction_20150105144954.pdf
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Placement of Political Signs

Political Sign Volunteers:

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and hard work! Remember, when placing signs make sure that they are located on the designated property and not in the County right-of-way. If you have any questions when putting signs up, call your DVP or the candidate's representative for advice.

The following candidates have asked if our members would be on the lookout for improperly placed signs and either collect or reposition them as needed:

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Services Set for Slain Fireman


Services Set for Slain Fireman



Lt. Sam P. Dreher II is not alone. Charlotte County firefighters are taking turns standing guard over Dreher’s body. Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins said they will continue to stand beside Dreher until his burial Saturday.


Dreher, 39, was shot outside a Sarasota apartment Saturday by his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Michael Minor, 27, authorities have said. Dreher died from his injuries Sunday.


The 18-year veteran of Charlotte County Fire/EMS will be remembered at a visitation today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Larry Taylor Funeral Home, 1515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.


A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Burial will follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens, where Dreher’s father is buried, said Taylor.


The Charlotte County Fire/EMS Honor Guard will be present at the service Saturday, along with honor guards from other agencies, Hawkins said.


The sudden, shocking death of Dreher — known as Sammy — has greatly affected his fellow firefighters and paramedics.


“We’re just taking care of each other, checking on each other,” Hawkins said.


Dreher’s Battalion Chief, Jon Miller, has “shown a tremendous amount of support,” Hawkins said, as have Battalion Chiefs Mark Crigler and James Stillwagon.


“Everybody’s suffering the loss,” Hawkins said. “Everyone’s feeling the pain.”


Critical incident stress management teams are working with crews at each of the fire stations across Charlotte County, Hawkins said.


“We’ll get through this as a group together,” Hawkins said. “Sammy was such a wonderful person.”


Dreher, a North Port resident and a graduate of Charlotte High School, worked as a firefighter and paramedic, in addition to serving on the Marine Operations Team. He also worked for the Punta Gorda Fire Department prior to Charlotte County Fire/EMS.


Memorial donations in Dreher’s honor can be made at any Sun Trust Bank to Firefighters for Kids of Charlotte County.



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