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FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS WITHDRAW ENDORSEMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT #1

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Contact: Jim Tolley, President, Florida Professional Firefighters, (850)224-7333, fpf@fpfp.org

FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS WITHDRAW ENDORSEMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT #1

The Florida Professional Firefighters have withdrawn our endorsement of Constitutional Amendment #1, Rights of Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice. Our support for the initiative was solely based on the proposed constitutional protection of local government’s right to regulate the safety of solar energy production. We continue to believe that fair and reasonable safeguards are vital to firefighter safety during fire/rescue operations on properties with multiple electricity sources and particularly retrofitted alternative energy sources such as solar power. As a member driven organization, our leadership has communicated with hundreds, if not thousands, of firefighters over the last few weeks regarding their concerns with Amendment 1 and the real firefighter safety issues related to solar energy systems. It is clear to the elected Executive Board of this organization that our membership would prefer to pursue any future firefighter safety regulations related to the still developing alternative energy industry through legislative or rulemaking action, as opposed to a constitutional amendment that many believe to be misleading. We have requested that Consumers for Smart Solar stop broadcasting advertisements featuring firefighters and/or the logo of the Florida Professional Firefighters.

“We assure Florida’s firefighters that their safety remains our top priority and this decision, by no means, indicates that we will be any less vigilant in advocating for their health and well-being when it comes to rapidly evolving, environmentally friendly, and sometimes confusing alternative energy systems,” Jim Tolley, FPF President, said.

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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
By CHRISTY FEINBERG

 

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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.

 

Email: cfeinberg@sun-herald.com 

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