Escambia County Commissioners recognizes Emerald Coast Senior Squadron
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Escambia County Commissioner, Jeff Bergosh, posing with members of the Emerald Coast Senior Squadron after reading the Board Of County Commissioners’ proclamation in Pensacola, Fla. Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo/1st Lt. Charles M. McCollim)

By 1st Lt. Charles M. McCollim,
Pensacola, Fla.--On Thursday, May 25, 2017 The Escambia County Board of Commissioners recognized the Emerald Coast Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol for their accomplishments in 2016 and commended them for their service to Escambia County. District one Board of Commissioner, Vice Chair, Jeff Bergosh read a proclamation highlighting the squadron’s accomplishments in 2016 including, low-level surveys and fire patrols over Eglin Air Force Base, assisting Escambia County Sheriff’s office with search and rescue efforts resulting in two finds, supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew by providing over 4,200 geo-tagged images critical to the assessment and allocation of scarce federal resources, and assisting local youth by providing fixed-wing and glider orientation flights and sponsoring American Red Cross first aid courses which enabled the youth to assist with search and rescue missions.
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Reviewed by: 1st Lt. Chuck McCollim
Syndicated to: Florida Wing
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