Ford honored for service with Port St. Joe Fire Department

In front of family, friends and neighbors, John Ford was honored by the city of Port St. Joe upon his retirement as the city’s fire chief.

Ford, who first began with the Port St. Joe Fire Department in 1989, retired as the agency’s fire chief on July 5 of this year.

“This gentleman has been a volunteer fireman and fire chief of our city for 33 years,” said Port St. Joe Mayor Rex Buzzett at the city’s July 19 meeting.  “And I think it’s really special and deserving that the city recognize Mr. John Ford.”

Ford, who was in attendance, stepped up to the podium where he was presented with a plaque commemorating his decades of service.

“Presented to John Ford, in recognition of your 33 years of dedicated service to the city of Port St. Joe as a fireman and fire chief — January 9, 1989, through July 5, 2022 — by the citizens of Port St. Joe this July 19 2022,” it read.

The room erupted in applause as Ford accepted the recognition.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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