About AARON HALE
Born in Birmingham, Ala., Aaron was raised in Cary, N.C.
Aaron attended the University of North Carolina where he averaged one changed major every year (theater, editorial journalism, photojournalism). He graduated with honors, a double major in communication studies and English literature.
After a stint testing mobile phone games at a tech company, bartending at P.F. Chang's, and freelancing for years, Aaron found himself living in Southwest Florida and working as a staff member on The Banner editorial team in May 2008.
In March 2010, Aaron became a full-time staff writer at the Daily News, where he focuses on emergency services in Collier and Lee County.
Cursed with that dreaded seven-letter "e" word (empathy), Aaron's true satisfaction comes when he can help tell the compelling stories of everyday people living in the community through words and photos.
He is also the proud daddy of two overweight kitties.
Hobbies: movies (avid Netflix watcher), Tar Heel basketball, traveling (when affordable), karaoke.
Emergency? Solutions vary on ways to improve Collier EMS-fire response
Published 12/12/2011 at 6 a.m.
There's no clear-cut way to breathe new life into Collier's emergency response system. A year after a blue-ribbon panel submitted its final report on Collier's emergency response system, there's been little progress toward any changes.
Emergency? Rivalry between EMS, fire departments not as entrenched elsewhere
Published 12/10/2011 at 9 p.m.
Agency leaders – most notably those in the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District and Collier EMS — have long clashed over the role of firefighters in medical emergencies. It's not that way in King County, Wash., or Broward ...
Emergency? Collier grapples with saving money vs. safest response for emergency calls
Published 12/09/2011 at 4 p.m.
As Collier officials weigh medical risk versus cost efficiency in improving its system, two other counties in the nation and their differing responses offer strategies worth considering. Do you potentially put public safety at risk by not sending your best ...
1 injured in fire at Naples substance abuse treatment center
Updated 10/31/2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Naples firefighters put out flames at a substance abuse treatment center Sunday night that investigators believe was started intentionally.
East Naples fire department making adjustments as layoffs kick in this weekend
Published 10/29/2011 at 7:36 p.m.
Nine East Naples firefighters will be laid off Sunday after East Naples fire commissioners voted to slash jobs and imposed wage and benefit cuts for union workers earlier this month. The decision will cut front-line firefighter positions by nearly 15 ...
East Naples residents to vote on tax increase in 2012
Published 10/26/2011 at 7:05 p.m.
The East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District fire board voted unanimously tonight to send a ballot referendum to voters asking for an increase from $1.5 to $2 per $1,000 worth of taxable property value.
East Naples fire union offers pay, benefit cuts to save 9 firefighter jobs
Published 10/26/2011 at 3:45 a.m.
The Collier Professional Firefighters and Paramedics union, which represents East Naples and Golden Gate firefighters, sent a memo to fire officials agreeing to cuts that they say will save the district enou
NCH will no longer transport patients between hospitals after Marco man's wait, death
Updated 10/21/2011 at 10:43 p.m.
NCH Healthcare Systems has notified Collier County it would no longer transport patients between hospitals after a mishandled transport in Marco Island earlier this month ended in the death of an 80-year-old man. County manager Leo Ochs confirmed that he ...
Florida Highway Patrol trooper fired after DUI arrest in Naples
Updated 10/21/2011 at 7:21 p.m.
John Wilcox was terminated by FHP the same day, agency spokesman Mark Brown said. Naples police pulled over a white truck on U.S. 41 and Harbour Drive after reports the truck struck a tree near Gulf Shore Boulevard, according to ...
Fort Myers jury favors Big Tobacco in John Syzmanski smoking case
Published 10/20/2011 at 11:03 p.m. 3 Comments
John Jack Syzmanski, now a 72-year-old Fort Myers resident, claimed his smoking habit caused laryngeal cancer, which forced him to end his education career. Syzmanski, who started smoking when he was 11 years old, has been diagnosed with cancer three ...
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