Ocala Fire Rescue’s Station No. 5 Receives Wood Carved Emblem from Anonymous Donor
City of Ocala Fire Chief Bradd Clark, Councilman Justin Grabelle, and fire personnel at Station No. 5 gathered at 2345 NE 25th Ave., earlier today, to accept this magnificent gift. Having no idea of how the rendition looked, expectations ran wild among those on site. Presenting the item with utmost care, the individual making the presentation removed the plastic covering in one swoop, revealing a masterfully crafted piece of art. Emerging from a 35”x23” single slab of Iroko wood (a.k.a. African Teak), was a beautifully carved knight’s bust in full armor (including helmet, pauldrons, chest plate, and gauntlet gloves) holding a cup of smoldering coffee in one hand and a New York hook in the other.
“Today, we appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of the gift, and the availability and support Councilman Grabelle,” said City of Ocala Fire Chief, Bradd Clark. “The citizens who envisioned and delivered this beautiful gift have our most sincere gratitude.”
The hyperbolic rendition of station five’s logo was inspired by the station’s motto, a play on words for the many nights spent without slumber due to the high volume of nighttime calls this station responds to. The wood carving, weighing in at 22 lbs., doesn’t only serve as a demonstration of this station’s pride, it embodies the character of firefighters in station five.