ECSO Deputies Stand Watch Over Fallen Officers At Washington Memorial

May 22, 2022

Last weekend, Lieutenant Frazier, Deputy Gaydon, Deputy Carpenter, and Deputy Voght represented the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office by standing watch for fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

The event marked the beginning of National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.

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Former Fire Chief Needs Kidney Donor

May 22, 2022

A former City of  Pensacola fire chief is looking for a kidney donor to survive.

David Allen, 57,  has gone through one kidney transplant that failed, and now he is is approaching the end stages of kidney failure with just nine percent of normal function.

About a year ago, his wife Teresa donated one of her kidneys to David, but it had to be removed.

David’s activities are impacted by his situation.

“The difference comes when I try to do anything, from walking to the car, or just the smallest thing that I used to take for granted,” he said.

David’s blood type is A, but he can accept either an A or O. Anyone seriously interested in donating a kidney and in generally good health can call (850) 485-3953.

“I answer with the hope that maybe there is someone on the other end of the phone that could offer,” a tearful Teresa said.

Northview High Names Students Of The Month

May 22, 2022

Northview High School recently named their Students of the Month for April. They are senior Hannah Hassebrock and junior Clay Allen. They are pictured with Principal Michael Sherill. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Is Your Church Having VBS?

May 22, 2022

Is your North Escambia area church holding Vacation Bible School this year?

Now is the time to submit your Vacation Bible School announcements to so that we can include them on our events page and let everyone know.

Send the information to for inclusion.

Escambia County Building Official Tim Tolbert Appointed To State Building Commission

May 21, 2022

Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Tim Tolbert of Navarre to the Florida Building Commission. Tolbert is the Building Official and director of Building Services for Escambia County. He is a member of the International Code Counsel and the Building Official Association of Florida. Tolbert earned a certificate from Florida State Fire College.

Escambia County Unemployment Rate Declines

May 21, 2022

The Escambia County unemployment level declined by three-tenths of a percentage point last month, according to newly released data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The unemployment rate in Escambia County was 2.4% in April, down from 2.7% in March. That represented 3,637 people out of work out of a county workforce of 149,093. One year ago, Escambia County’s unemployment rate was 4.7%, or 6,807 people.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Pensacola area gained 9,200 private sector jobs (+5.9%) over the year in April 2022. The Pensacola area labor force increased by 8,023 over the year, a 3.5%.

In April  2022, the Pensacola metro area had the fastest over-the-year job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in trade, transportation, and utilities (+8.8%).

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3% in April, down 0.2 percentage point from the March 2022 rate, and down 2.1 percentage points from a year ago. There were 321,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,543,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6% in April

FDLE Investigating After Man Dies In ECSO Custody

May 21, 2022

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a man died in the custody of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon.

Deputies responded to a call of an individual acting erratic and potentially suffering from a mental health episode at Beverly Parkway and W Street, next to the Victor Randall Stadium at the Brent Athletic Park.

ECSO released the following statement:

“Based on the observation of the deputy and the information provided by witnesses, the decision was made to take the individual into custody for a mental health evaluation.

“After the individual was taken into custody, deputies realized the individual was in distress. Emergency medical personnel were called and arrive on scene within minutes. Upon arrival, they began medical assessment and treatment. EMS later pronounced the 51-year-old male deceased.”

As is standard procedure, three deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave. FDLE is leading the investigation into the in-custody death.

Tate High School Names Students Of The Month

May 21, 2022

Tate High School recently named their March Students of the Month. They are Julie Young and Jackson Shelnut. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Escambia County Names Travis Tompkins As New Emergency Manager

May 20, 2022

Travis Tompkins has been named the Escambia County emergency manager.

Tompkins has served with Escambia County Emergency Management since 2017. Throughout his time with the county, he has served as the Situational Awareness Unit leader during Hurricane Michael, the emergency management coordinator during Hurricane Sally, and was responsible for the emergency management response to the distribution of COVID-19.

“I am pleased to introduce Travis Tompkins as Escambia County’s next emergency manager,” said Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore. “Travis and our emergency management team have worked hard together throughout several hurricanes and during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am confident in Travis’ abilities to lead this team and look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Before joining Escambia County, Tompkins served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic non-commissioned officer. He also spent over 20 years in the private sector serving in multiple roles for a Fortune 500 company.

“I am honored and humbled to be your new emergency manager,” said Tompkins. “I am a person of faith, and Christians are given two great commandments: love God and love your neighbor. To me, there is no better way to love my neighbor than to serve them and to help all our citizens be prepared for any hazard that affects our community.”

Tompkins is also an active advocate for the homeless community, serving in two non-profit organizations and as a volunteer chaplain for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Tompkins has been married to his wife Jennifer for 29 years, and has two children and one granddaughter.

Dirt Sharks Youth Mountain Bike Club Wrap Up Successful Season (With Gallery)

May 20, 2022

The Gulf Coast Composite Mountain Bike Club, The Dirt Sharks, have wrapped up a successful season.

The Dirt Sharks finished seventh overall at the Alabama State Championship in Anniston out of 23 Division 2 teams.

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The Dirt Sharks are part of the Alabama Interscholastic Cycling League, which is composed of 34 teams and over 700 student athletes from across Alabama, Southern Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle.

During the season, Ransom Middle School student Eli Forehand won the 8th Grade Boys State Championship; he was the point leader for four out of five races during the season.

Three area athletes were awarded coveted spots in the league’s Varsity category.

Sophomores Avery Strother, Kayla Liles, and Landon Forehand competed against the very best in the league throughout the season. These riders finished the season with top 10 rankings. Avery and Kayla finished ninth and tenth in varsity girls, while Landon finished tenth in varsity boys.

Ransom Middle’s Branden Ruiz finished ninth in the sixth grade boys division.

The 2022 Dirt Sharks consisted of 21 student athletes from grades 6-11 along with the support of 10 coaches. Organizers said the Dirt Sharks culture is one of family centered fun that consists of camping, team dinners, and organized rides for everyone. No cycling experience is required, and racing is not an expectation to join. The certified coaching leadership will teach the fundamental biking skills to the athletes and coaches. Parents are highly encouraged to participate, either as coaches or as volunteers.

For more information, contact club director Brett Liles at

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