Escambia Sheriff’s Office Names New K-9s After Two Fallen Deputies

December 7, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has named two new K-9s after deputies that were killed in the line of duty.

K-9 Cook is named after Deputy Don Cook who was killed in a 1998 crash after learning of a high speed pursuit of armed robbers headed into Escambia County from Santa Rosa County. Cook responded to I-10 where he set up a roadblock in the west bound lane between the off ramp to Highway 29 and the I -10 spur near the railroad trestle. Cook exited his vehicle and the pursuit continued toward the roadblock where he was struck and killed. The suspect were taken into custody several miles away after their vehicle was disabled. Cook was a five-year veteran of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

K-9 Streeter is named after Cpl. Eric Streeter, who was shot and killed in 1984 as he followed to escapees from the county jail.  He was waiting for backup when the suspects stopped, got out of their vehicle and opened fire. He had been with the ECSO for eight years. Street’s son later became a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

The families of the late deputies were at an agency barbecue Monday for current and retired employees had a chance to meet the new K-9s.

Molino Utilities Locates Owner Santa Photo Found In Drop Box

December 7, 2021

UPDATE: The owner of this photo has been located.

Molino Utilities is hoping to find the owner of this Santa photo.

The photo was found Monday morning in the drop box at Molino Utilities, and they are hoping to return it.

Call Molino Utilities at (850) 587-5538 or stop by at 1640 Molino Road if you have any information.

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Federal Mask Mandate Extension Includes ECAT Buses

December 7, 2021

A federal public transportation mask mandate has been extended until March 18, 2022, and Escambia County Area Transit will be following the guidelines.

ECAT will continue to require face masks on all buses and in indoor bus terminals and other transportation hubs. ECAT has provided free face masks to patrons since June 1 and will continue to do so.

“ECAT understands that this is a trying time for everyone,” said ECAT Interim Director Rodriques Kimbrough. “We want to thank our citizens in advance for following our guidelines. Mask mandates are for the safety of our ridership as well as our bus operators and staff. By following the mask mandates, we can continue to provide a safe and enjoyable ride experience for our community.”

The federal mandate exempts the following:

  • A child under the age of 2 years;
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability;
  • A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.

If a passenger meets one of the above requirements that prevents wearing of a mask, they can notify the bus operator.