On Wednesday night this week new Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief Ron Martin was officially sworn in. Fire District Board Chairman Larry Wood administrated the oath of office and Chief Martin’s wife Rose pinned on his new badge.
The event, held at the Fort Myers Beach Library, was attended by Chief martin’s family, Fort Myers Beach firefighters, officers and staff, several Lee County deputies, Mayor Ray Murphy, Councilman Dan Allers, Councilman Bill Veach, departing Fire Chief Matt Love and members of the community.
Fire District Board Member Board Member Jim Knickle said he was filled with mixed emotions having to say goodbye to Chief Love and also welcoming Chief Martin. “Chief Martin was an easy choice for Fire Chief for me. I think he has the experience, credentials and vision to lead the Fort Myers Beach Fire District into the future. It was wonderful to see the great turn out from our community including Mayor Ray Murphy, Counselor Dan Allers from the Town and Captain Tim Laylor from LCSO who commands the District that covers the Fort Myers Beach area. It was also great to see family, friends and many members of the FMBFD that turned out to help us celebrate Chief Martin’ s promotion. I look forward to working with Chief Martin in the coming years and wish Chief Love good luck in his new position.”
Town Councilman Dan Allers said, “Chief Ron Martin’s qualifications, dedication to our community and professionalism make him an excellent choice to lead our local fire department into the future. I look forward to working with him.”
Fire District Board Member Ron Fleming said, The board of commissioners of our fire department look forward to and anticipate the continued positive progression of our fire department to be a first in class organization serving the needs of our entire community and all who visit and enjoy our slice of paradise.”
Departing Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief Matt Love: “I could not be happier to see Fire Chief Ron Martin take the helm. Chief Martin is well prepared for the task and has an unwavering dedication to our community. He is a man of integrity and I believe his approach will lead this organization well. The warmest of congratulations to Chief Martin and the whole FMBFD Team.”
Pictures courtesy Steve Duello