Escambia pays tribute to firefighter and paramedic Bill Halfacre as he retires after 41 years :

This week, Escambia County Fire Rescue honored Willis “Bill” Halfacre as he retired with 41 years of dedicated service as a firefighter and paramedic.

“Well, I made it,” Halfacre said at the ceremony. “I appreciate everyone being here today, and I’m so grateful to Escambia County for everything they did for me. They will always be remembered.”

Halfacre began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department in January 1981. In 1989 Halfacre went to work part-time with Escambia County EMS as an EMT and eventually became a paramedic in May 1994.

He joined the ECFR full-time in January 2000. Throughout his career, FF Halfacre has received his HAZMAT certification, Fire Officer II certification, Live Fire Training Instructor certification, pump operator certification and his AAS degree in fire science from Pensacola State College.

Family, friends, colleagues, local elected officials, local law enforcement and fire partners from neighboring communities came together to honor Halfacre. Escambia County District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender presented him with an official council proclamation thanking him for his service, and he also received a certificate of recognition from Representative Michelle Salzman’s office.

Halfacre has been married to his wife Cassandra since 2005.

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