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Ocala Fire Rescue Announces Passing of Off Duty Firefighter

Post Date:01/08/2018

Hart passed away unexpectedly, while off duty, on Saturday, January 6th, 2018; he was 41 years old. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Beginning his career of service at the age of eighteen, Hart served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Regiment, as a Ranger – completing his career as a decorated veteran with honors including a National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, among others. In 2005, Hart joined the ranks of Ocala Fire Rescue, as a firefighter. He continued to serve honorably for nearly 13 years.

A funeral service to honor Firefighter Hart’s life has been scheduled as follows:

     Date:               Saturday, January 13th, 2018

     Time:              11:00 AM

     Location:      Church at the Springs

                             5424 SE 58th Ave, Ocala, FL 34480


The funeral service will be open to the public. Fire Department’s interested in participating with Honor Guard or apparatus support should contact Jacqueline Nettles, (305) 297-3322. A procession will not be held.

Per the family’s request, anyone desiring to share an expression of sympathy may do so by way of contribution to Camp Amigo (Children’s Burn Foundation of North Florida), or Fire Rescue Support, in lieu of flowers.




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