City of Jacksonville


Photo of Council Member Schellenberg, surrounded by other Council Members, at the January 6, 2015 press conference recognizing Police and Fire Fighters.

City Council Members Recognize the Brave Men and Women of the City's Police & Fire Departments

January 06, 2015
Due to unfortunate events involving law enforcement officers and firefighters throughout our City these past few days and weeks, Council Member Matt Schellenberg called for a press conference where nine other members joined him to show appreciation to the thousands of first responders serving the City of Jacksonville by honoring their charge to protect and serve.

Council Member Schellenberg charged the remaining sixty-six members of the Florida Association of Counties to have their elected officials to stand up and recognize the significance of the people who work in public safety and put their lives on the line every day. Regardless of the differences of opinion regarding the City’s pension reform efforts, the Council Members agree that it does not supersede the importance of public safety. “Let it be clear that we strongly support all first responders as they perform their duties and responsibilities in protecting and serving the people of not only Jacksonville, but every community across our country,” said Council President Clay Yarborough.


Well wishes and gratitude were extended to the firefighter that fell through the roof of a two-story building on Monday night as he and others successfully suppressed the blaze at a Southside condominium.  The City of Jacksonville could not be a great or a safe city without the men and women of the Police & Fire Departments. Council Member Jim Love challenged citizens to get to know public safety officers and become involved in one of the twenty Sheriff’s Advisory Councils in order to make Jacksonville a safer and better place to live and work.


Council Member Schellenberg announced he will be introducing a resolution recognizing the bravery and work of the public safety officers.


Among the attendees were Council President Clay Yarborough, Council Vice President Greg Anderson, Council Members Lori Boyer, Doyle Carter, Bill Gulliford,  Ray Holt,  Warren Jones, Jim Love, and Robin Lumb; Steven Amos, president of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police; and Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters.

Click here to veiw video of this event.