Jeff Werthmuller has served the citizens of Ocala for the last seventeen years as a member of Ocala Fire Rescue. He currently holds the rank of Fire Equipment Operator (driver).
Recently, while on his way to work, Jeff noticed a young child running in the middle of the road near State Road 200. Having the situational awareness of his surroundings and being alert to the unusual situation, Jeff was concerned for the child’s safety and pulled over to investigate. The child did not speak English; therefore, Jeff called and requested assistance from the Ocala Police Department. Jeff called his supervisor at work and advised him of the situation and stated he would be late to work. Jeff stayed with the child and when the Ocala Police Officer arrived, they worked together to resolve the issue. Together Jeff and the officer were able to return the child home safely to his mother.
While Ocala Fire Rescue employees respond daily to emergencies, we feel it was this act of discernment that allowed Jeff to prevent a potential emergency and reunite a child with his mother.