October 2011: Hello My Name Is - LAVARN LUCAS (Hilton Head Fire Chief)
Author: Lavarn Lucas | Photographer: Mark Staff
My name is Lavarn, but my friends call me Lavarn, Cheif, and many other things that are best not printed .
You may have seen me all over Hilton Head Island but never on the Post Office bulletin board. I grew up in the town of Ridgeland, SC (or Gopher Hill as it was once known) which is really peaceful for such a center of world attention.
When I was five, my hero was who knows, I don’t remember being five (that was 50 years ago) but now Jesus Christ is the person I most admire. It’s been 30 years since I first came to Hilton Head Island, and to me, the biggest change is the roads not being deserted in the winter.
If someone were to ask me for advice about keeping their mouth shut, I would tell them nothing because I am finally learning how. My line of work is Fire & Rescue (EMS) and I chose this profession because as a volunteer in Ridgeland I loved it – why not get paid for doing something you love.
If I were mayor of HHI, my first order of business would be to consult a psychiatrist to see just what in the devil I was thinking when I made that decision.
My favorite time of the year on HHI is December through May because I don’t have to worry about hurricanes and what they might do to the Island.
In closing, when you turn the page, I hope you remember that Hilton Head Island has the greatest firefighting & EMS men and women around, but definitely not ME, because the firefighters really do the work.