PINELLAS SUNCOAST FIRE & RESCUE
HAS LOST A FRIEND AND FIREFIGHTER
JAMES G. FEHL
Our beloved friend and co-worker, James Fehl, died November 30, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash.
James joined the District as a Volunteer while attending Seminole High School. When a tornado hit Largo, he was hooked on emergency work; and after the re-entry tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia, James helped to search for shuttle parts in Texas. He even cleared roads for Florida Power after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida.
James was known for the number of years he spent as a “Wildland Specialist.” He was sought out for his specialist skills and fought fires throughout the United States for the Department of Forestry. In 2000, Fehl became a helicopter crew rappeller with the U.S. Forest Service; and after finishing with the 2002 fire season in the west, he was offered a position with Pinellas Suncoast. James joined the Fire District on October 21, 2002, as a firefighter and EMT.
Pinellas Suncoast has lost a dear friend known for his infectious laugh and broad smile. He served the District and our communities with honor. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial fund has been set up to help his family. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo to the James Fehl Memorial Fund. It will be greatly appreciated.