January 14, 2020

Groveland welcomes new fire chief, Kevin Carroll

1 min read| Published On: January 14th, 2020|

By James Combs

Groveland welcomes new fire chief, Kevin Carroll

1 min read| Published On: January 14th, 2020|

For the first time in 45 years, Groveland will have a new fire chief. The city is pleased to announce Kevin Carroll has accepted the position that will be vacated by Chief Willie Morgan, who will retire in the near future.

Kevin Carroll, above, “will be a major asset to our existing department to continue moving the city forward,” Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson says.

“This is a significant moment in the history of the City,” City Manager Mike Hein says in a press release. “I have full confidence that Chief Carroll will build on the foundation laid by Chief Morgan and develop the department as the best in Lake County and potentially the state.”

Kevin began his extensive fire service career in Pasco County, where he served as a firefighter paramedic. He then joined the Hernando County Fire Rescue and worked his way up to deputy fire chief, managing 272 employees and 14 fire stations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University, as well as degrees in fire science and emergency medical services. His certifications include: Florida State Certified Fire Safety Inspector, Florida State Fire Instructor, Florida State Certified Hazardous Materials and Medical Technician, and Florida State Certified Paramedic.

“I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to join the Groveland team,” Kevin says in the release. “I and my entire family feel very blessed and honored. Having the opportunity to take this solid rock of foundation that Chief Morgan has built over so many years to the next level is exciting.”

About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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