Emergency Repsonders Pay Last Respects To Dustin Ratliff

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'LAST CALL' HONORS Lt. Dustin Ratliff

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Emergency responders from across the Space Coast paid their last respects to Lt. Dustin Ratliff during a memorial service held today at the First Baptist Church of South Brevard.

The First Baptist Church of South Brevard was filled with colleagues, family and friends honoring the life of Lt. Dustin Ratliff, on what would have been his 31st birthday. The firefighter worked for Brevard County Fire Rescue for seven years and died unexpectedly Dec. 16.

The First Baptist Church of South Brevard was filled with colleagues, family and friends honoring the life of Lt. Dustin Ratliff, on what would have been his 31st birthday. The firefighter worked for Brevard County Fire Rescue for seven years and died unexpectedly Dec. 16.

The First Baptist Church of South Brevard was filled with colleagues, family and friends honoring the life of Ratliff, on what would have been his 31st birthday. The firefighter worked for Brevard County Fire Rescue for seven years and died unexpectedly Dec. 16.

He was known for his outgoing personality, constant smile and his dedication to the department and his son. He began his career with BCFR as a paramedic in October 2006. Two weeks into his department orientation, he passed the Florida Fire Standards and became a certified firefighter.

In 2009, he joined Special Operations, and he received a Unit Citation this year for his work on that team. He served at Station 48 until his promotion to lieutenant in January 2012. He finished his career at Station 89C.

BELOW ARE IMAGES FROM THE MEMORIAL SERVICE (BCFR images)

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UPDATE: DEC. 22, 2013, 10 a.m.

BCFR’s Lt. Dustin Ratliff Memorial Set For Dec. 28

BRRVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Lt. Dustin Ratliff’s Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of South Brevard, located at 4300 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne on Saturday, Dec. 28  at 11 a.m. 

Brevard County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association has set up an account to accept donations for Kaleb, the son of Ratliff, the Brevard County Fire Rescue lieutenant who died unexpectedly Monday.

Donations can be sent via PayPal by following these steps:

• Log in or create an account,
• Select “send money,”
• Enter the recipient email address: ratliffdonations@iaff2969.com,
• Enter the donation amount,
• Select, “I’m sending money to family or friends,”
• Click “Continue,”
• You can customize a message if you wish.

Checks can be accepted at this mailing address:

Local 2969, Ratliff donation, 571 Haverty Court, Suite N, Rockledge, FL 32955.

For more information email info@iaff2969.com

ORIGINAL POST: DEC. 17, 2013, 4 p.m.

Firefighters Mourn Loss of BCFR’s Lt. Dustin Ratliff

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Fire Rescue and the firefighter community at large are mourning the loss of Lt. Dustin Ratliff, who passed away unexpectedly Monday evening.

He was 30 years old.

Brevard County Fire Rescue and the firefighter community at large are mourning the loss of Lt. Dustin Ratliff, who passed away unexpectedly Monday evening. He was 30 years old. (BCFR images)

Brevard County Fire Rescue and the firefighter community at large are mourning the loss of Lt. Dustin Ratliff, who passed away unexpectedly Monday evening. He was 30 years old. (BCFR images)

Dustin was known for his outgoing personality, constant smile and his dedication to the department and his son. Dustin’s son, Kaleb, meant the world to him.

Dustin began his career with BCFR as a paramedic in October 2006. Two weeks into his department orientation, he passed the Florida Fire Standards and became a certified firefighter.

In 2009, he joined Special Operations, and he received a Unit Citation this year for his work on that team. He served at Station 48 until his promotion to lieutenant in January 2012. He finished his career at Station 89C.

Information about arrangements to honor Dustin will be shared once it becomes available. In honor and memory of Dustin, Brevard County Fire Rescue members will shroud their badges until further notice.


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