Samuel Eaton, Vice President of Membership

Beginning his career in public service 1984 as an EMT / 1986 Paramedic, he was hired in 1991 as a career firefighter. He served as a fire officer for 24 years in many ranks; for the last 13 years as an operation’s Battalion Chief for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. His final year as BC, he served as the Health and Safety Officer through the inception and height of “the COVID 19 pandemic”. He retired with 30 years in January of 2021. Since 2008, he has helped to effectively organize an expanding fire service coalition to create awareness on the epidemic issue of fire-service related cancer.

Since 2016, he has proudly served in the role of Cancer Prevention Director for the non-profit Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC), which focuses in the areas of: firefighter cancer prevention, health and fitness, mental wellness, and firefighter safety. Through the FFSHC, Chief Eaton worked effectively to expand the F.A.C.E. Team concept to national and international recognition.

I’m the proud father of two beautiful daughters and grandfather of two beautiful boys. I was lovingly raised by Godly parents, both of which were ordained ministers. My father served honorably in the Navy in WWII. My mother served in the Air Force and Navy Department, serving at the Pentagon for more than half of her career. They had strong work ethic and demonstrated in their daily walk with the Lord and the stressing the importance of family and giving back. I feel I bring many of their qualities into this position and look forward to continuing my service to our national frontline.