Commissioner Simpson announces 2023 Florida Forest Service firefighter of the year

By Channing Frampton
WTXL Tallahassee
December 14, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Larry Paul

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced Larry Paul, wildland firefighter and lead rotor-wing pilot, as the Florida Forest Service’s 2023 Firefighter of the Year. A retired Lt. Commander following a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy, Paul began his Florida Forest Service career in 2007 as a pilot for the Blackwater Forestry Center. “I am proud to announce Larry Paul as the Florida Forest Service’s 2023 Firefighter of the Year,” said Commissioner Wilton Simpson. “Larry’s dedication to protecting our citizens and natural resources embodies the true spirit of service. His exemplary leadership and selfless commitment make him a shining example of the exceptional men and women serving in the Florida Forest Service.” Paul stood out among his peers for his dedication to the care and well-being of his fellow firefighters and the citizens of Florida. Paul is not only a skilled pilot but also a natural leader and innovator. 

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