All in a Day’s Work: Brevard County Deputy Sheriff Vinnie Marino Sinks Putts, Douses House Fire
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // March 12, 2018
deputy extinguishes blaze with garden hose
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brevard County Deputy Sheriff Vinnie Marino may not be good at golf but he rocks when it comes to protecting citizens.
On Saturday afternoon, while playing in a golf tournament at Baytree Country Club, Deputy Sheriff Vinnie Marino was standing on the 18th tee box and saw a plume of smoke coming from the side of a home about 800 yards away.
Vinnie immediately knew something was out of place so he continued to watch the area and subsequently observed the smoke increasing and turning darker in color.
Vinnie quickly responded to the home and observed that the flames were originating from a pool pump fire and had now reached the soffits of the home.
As the flames continued to rise and catch other areas of the home on fire Deputy Marino grabbed a garden hose from the patio area of the home while directing his friend to try and make contact with the homeowner who did not respond to the door.
Pursuant to extinguishing the flames, Vinnie called Brevard County Fire Rescue to respond to the area to make sure that the fire was fully extinguished and not still impacting the home through the soffit and electrical area.
The homeowner subsequently came outside and stated that they had been in the shower and were unaware of what was taking place. Of course, the homeowner was extremely grateful for Vinnie’s actions that prevented further damage to the home as well as potentially serious injury to the occupants.
Vinnie’s actions are another perfect example of the great work the members of our agency do each and every day and how Law Enforcement Officers are never fully off-duty when it comes to protecting our citizens.
My only concern though with this whole story is I am a little worried that Vinnie shanked a golf shot off the Tee-Box and hit the pool pump with a golf ball which started the fire.
Trust me it could happen cause I’ve seen him golf.
In all seriousness, great job Vinnie and thank you for all you do for our agency and community each and every day.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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