TAVARES – Lake County Public Safety Director John Jolliff received the Outstanding Community Service Award and Lt. Donovan Miller received the Officer of the Year Award during the Eustis Elks Lodge 1578 annual banquet honoring fire and police officials last week.
“I accept this honor for all public safety personnel for their selfless service and devotion to our community,” said Jolliff, who will retire in May. “I also applaud the Eustis Elks Lodge for their commitment to annually honor firefighters and law enforcement personnel.”
Jolliff has more than 43 years of fire service experience, joining Lake County in 2004. He has written over $2 million in grants for the department, helped maintain and grow Lake County Fire Rescue during his tenure, and worked to establish automatic aid agreements with six cities over the last two years.
Lt. Miller coordinates driver training for Fire Rescue’s Super Tanker, an 18-wheeler carrying 6,000 gallons of water. Last year in preparation for the division’s lieutenant promotions, Lt. Miller helped firefighters qualify for testing by teaching in-house classes so firefighters could become state-certified fire officers. To obtain this certificate, a series of week-long classes were required, followed by a written exam.
“As a result, over a dozen firefighters completed his/her fire officer series and successfully completed the state exam,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson. “Because of Lt. Miller’s unselfishness, 15 employees were able to take the lieutenant promotional test offered last November.”
The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.