South Gulf County volunteer fire department offers more than protection

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

 “We have fun,” she said. “It’s a big family and I think that’s pretty awesome.”

Larsen first met that “family” while vacationing to the area from Gainesville. During one of her many trips, her son John was bitten by a shark while swimming off the Cape and members of the department were the first responders.

She said that her son received amazing treatment and they were treated like family.

Once they moved to Gulf County full time, her son was the first to join the department as a volunteer. In addition to her son, Larsen’s husband and daughter are also members.

“It’s unlike any place I’ve ever lived,” said Larsen. “It’s an unbelievable community to live in.”

Vacco and his wife had visited the area numerous times over the course of seven years. His wife had always wanted to live on the beach and after making great friends with some families on the Cape, they made the jump to full time residents.

He joined the department when he saw how involved the volunteers were with the community.



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