The Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control District hired four new firefighters as of November 29. Chef Ben Mickuleit said he was very satisfied with the new team as they have a real desire for community service as well as the raffle offered by the small town. the Island. Jacob D’Ambrosio was in the Navy, where he said he did quite a bit of firefighting on ships.
“When I came out I wanted to continue serving, so after serving my country I wanted to serve my community, and the best position for me was to go into the fire department.” D’Ambrosio said, adding that he chose Pine Island for the tight-knit community, emphasizing the importance of community relationships coupled with the ability to give back.
Bo Busbee has been a firefighter for about five years. He started out as a volunteer with the Alva Fire Department. He said both of his grandfathers were Lee County firefighters and his father was a police officer.
“Public safety was something I always wanted to do. I wanted to be a firefighter since I was little. Busbee said, adding that his father had always told him that he was not allowed to follow in his footsteps when entering law enforcement.
Frank Vilchez came from Lee County EMS as a paramedic with two years as a volunteer firefighter under his belt. Formerly pre-med, he said he decided his calling was outside, rather than working within the confines of a hospital.
“I wanted a small department where I could get to know everyone, not just the department but the community” said Vilchez.
Alexander Richardson said it was his first job as a firefighter. He said he chose Pine Island because he enjoyed feeling like a family, not only with his fellow firefighters, but also with his community.
“I wanted to be a firefighter since high school. There was an accidental fire alarm and all these firefighters came in and I thought that was a cool job. It took a while, but I’m really happy to have the job of my dreams. Richardson said.
“We are very lucky to have such a good group. They are very community oriented and already love the community ”, Mickuleit said, new hires.
Their commitment to the community, he said, is already evident in their participation in events. Deputy chef Cody Allen said that during their time on Pine Island they had already shown their dedication.