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Updated: 03/12/2014 08:00:00AM

Cutting the ribbon to a new future

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Polk County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Linkins shakes hands with Mike Bishop, a former volunteer firefighter with the station. The handshake took place after the ceremonial breaking of the hose commemorating the event.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The Polk County Fire Department Color Guard opened the ceremony for the newly renovated fire department at Babson Park. Robert Villarreal, Garrett Parrell, Caleb Bracknell, and Patrick Wiles bring in the colors.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The Babson Park Fire Department, formerly a volunteer fire department, was brought under the covering of the Polk County Fire Department, and as such, also went through some much needed renovations.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Polk County Fire Chief David Cash welcomes the crowd who came to celebrate the festivities.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell spoke at the open house, saying "This just shows good government. We want to spend your tax dollars the way it should spent."

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Notables pose for a photo outside the Polk County Fire Department at Babson Park. From left: Lake Wales EDC Director Jim Bell, Dr. Keith Wade, Polk County Manager Jim Freeman, Former Volunteer Firefighter Mike Bishop, and from the Board of County Commissioners: R. Tod Dantzler, Melony Bell, John Hall, Edwin V. Smith and George Lindsey.

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It’s the same firehouse people have always loved, that comfort of the community and first responders. But after Polk County Fire Department moved in with full time firefighters, the house went through a number of renovations to improve conditions for those who serve. New areas to sleep, newly renovated bathrooms and an updated decontamination area was added. Community officials gathered last month to celebrate the new dig for Polk County firefighters, with five of the county commissioners present.


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