Meet Your Daufuskie Island Firefighters

They are the people we call when we are most in need. Because Daufuskie is Daufuskie, our firefighters answer an extremely unusual array of calls. They are skilled professionals, unfailingly kind, and always willing to help. Let’s all remember to thank them for the incredible job they do.

Daufuskie Island Fire Department Chief Eddie Boys

Daufuskie Island Fire Department Chief Eddie Boys

Eddie Boys, Chief

Residing: Hilton Head Island, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  27+ years

I really enjoy helping people. The situations we encounter day-to-day are so diverse. And I like the versatility of my position which offers interaction and socializing with the career and volunteer firefighters in our training sessions, the commissioners in our planning sessions and commissioners’ meetings and island residents and businesses with their special projects and the unique challenges that come with living and working on Daufuskie. I especially love the ferry ride, not just for socializing with everyone but also for enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Donald Hubbard, Officer

Residing:  Hardeeville, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  13+ years

I enjoy helping people in need. I also like meeting visitors, especially kids, who stop by the fire station to see the emergency vehicles and equipment. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and seen big smiles when I’ve given kids a red hat and goody bag. The exuberant faces of the parents are priceless when we take the time from our duties to show kids the fire trucks, take their photos with the firefighters and let them play with the fire hoses. This is the most gratifying job you can have.

Ronald Newton, Officer

Residing:  Hardeeville, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  10+ years

I like the peaceful and friendly environment of Daufuskie. When I come to work, it feels like a family reunion not only with the people I work with but also with the people that live here.

Chris Phillips, Officer

Residing:  Bluffton, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  13+ years

I truly enjoy the boat ride, whether on the Haig Point ferry or my own boat. On the water, watching the sun rise, not stuck in traffic like others commuting to work.  It’s a great way to start the day.

Rick Boaen, Firefighter

Residing:  Savannah, GA

Length of Service with the DIFD:  14+ years

I enjoy the camaraderie of being around the other firefighters. They are a great group of guys. We get the job done and always have a good time doing it.

Odis Boyles, Firefighter

Residing:  Hilton Head Island, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  16+ years

I like serving the community of Daufuskie Island.

Robert Chaplin, Firefighter

Residing:  Hilton Head Island, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  4+ years

Every day there is something new to learn, someone to help and usually something unexpected happening. That’s what makes my job interesting. I’ve had many jobs in my life but this one is the only one that I can’t wait to come back to.

Shane Comparetto, Firefighter

Residing:  Savannah, GA

Length of Service with the DIFD:  1+ year

I enjoy the natural beauty of the island. I feel incredibly lucky to be working here and am proud to serve the people of Daufuskie Island.

Brian Dozier, Firefighter

Residing:  Daufuskie Island, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  4+ years

I am a full-time island resident and like being able to serve the community of which I’m a part.

Harvey Dunn, Firefighter

Residing:  Bluffton, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  9+ years

I like working on Daufuskie because the people here are so friendly. I also enjoy seeing all the beautiful wildlife — the deer, gators, bobcats, even the snakes.

Randy Loper, Firefighter

Residing:  Bluffton, SC

Length of Service with the DIFD:  3+ years

I most enjoy the uniqueness and seclusion of the island as well as the diversity of the residents. People from all walks of life come here to live with the common goal to preserve the natural beauty surrounding them. To me, that’s pretty impressive.

George Perez, Firefighter

Residing:  Richmond Hill, GA

Length of Service with the DIFD:  6+ years

I enjoy coming to work not knowing the challenges and adventures I’ll be facing each day. Whether it’s helping an island visitor or a full-time resident, it’s rewarding knowing I can be of assistance in time of need.

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