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Levy EMT recognized for life-saving act

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By Sean Arnold

A first-responder’s job really never ends, whether or not he or she is on duty.

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Levy County Public Safety firefighter-EMT Hunter Kline recently proved that when he saved a life at a local establishment while off duty.

The Levy Board of County Commissioners recognized Kline for his life-saving efforts at its meeting June 6 in presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

Kline, who has been with LCPS since 2009, has also been nominated for a Valor Award.

“We just want to thank you for your service, going above and beyond your duty,” said Commissioner Matt Brooks, who introduced Kline and presented the honor. “Just recognize that our first responders have a really tough job, and even when they’re off duty, they’re caring about others’ lives and exemplifying their training and doing our county proud.

“We appreciate Hunter’s good service.”

Brooks said Kline’s quick response and his application of CPR helped save an unresponsive patron at the same establishment as Kline.

“It is reported that the patron is alive and doing well as a result of Hunter’s quick action,” Brooks said, leading to a round of applause at the meeting for Kline.

LCPS chief Matt Harrell, in a statement read by Brooks, said Kline “exemplifies our core values, our integrity, professionalism, service and stewardship everyday, and we’re proud to have him as part of our team.”