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Palm Harbor Fire Rescue names top service member

Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 09:54 PM

With two life-saving efforts among a year's worth of service to the community, Dustin Seabolt's peers at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue selected him for 2012's top honor.

The 11-year veteran of the department was recently named its Firefighter of the Year.

According to a Palm Harbor Fire press release, the two life-saving incidents occurred within a month and a half of each other and "demonstrated Dustin's dedication to the department and the community."

Tropical Storm Debby this summer caused the first event, on June 24, during which Seabolt rescued a 15-year-old boy clinging to a tree branch while caught in rapidly moving waters. A drainage pipe down current that was funneling storm water underneath Alt. 19 would have pulled the child under. Seabolt assessed, prompting him to jump in and eventually guide the victim to safety.

That response alone garnered Seabolt the Medal of Gallantry.

The next incident came on Aug. 7, during the response to a townhouse fire. Seabolt entered the building as part of the fire attack team, found an unconscious woman lying in the first-floor kitchen and pulled her out to safety.

Seabolt began his career with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue as a firefighter-paramedic in 2002 and obtained his paramedic certification in 2007.

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