On Saturday January 14, 2012, Ocala (FL) Elks Lodge #286 held an Officer of the Year award ceremony honoring local law enforcement and firefighters. Five members from Ocala Fire Rescue received awards for saving a life.
The firefighters were recognized for their professionalism and quick response to a medical emergency in 2011. After arriving on scene, they performed CPR and administered advanced life saving procedures which resulted in a citizen being successfully resuscitated. The patient was later discharged from the hospital.
The five recipients are Captain Marvin Davis, Fire Equipment Operator Gary Hamilton, Firefighters Ken Thomas Sr., Michael Lipphardt, and Alex Sada.