Clermont firefighters will honor a longstanding tradition while dedicating the department’s newest engine to one of their own who died in the line of duty.
The fire department will hold a “Push-in” ceremony at 9am Saturday, July 14, at Fire Station No. 3, 2155 Legends Way, a news release states. The ceremony dates to the days of horse-drawn engines. The city’s newest fire apparatus is a $425,000 Pierce Saber Custom Triple Combination Pumper, which replaces a 2008 fire engine.
Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop says the department will dedicate the new engine to the memory of former firefighter Joseph DeMarinis, who died July 14, 2016, at age 32 after suffering a cardiac episode following his shift. He was survived by his parents, sister, and wife Brandi. The couple had six children. Fellow firefighters say Joseph enjoyed sports and games and was a dedicated family man.
Joseph began his career with the department in August 2014 following an eight-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. He served two tours in Iraq as a scout sniper. He also served as a marksmanship instructor at Parris Island and achieved the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Expert Marksmanship Award, Service Medal, and a Purple Heart. He was active in the Wounded Warrior Project, the release states.