Services were held yesterday for Harold Nugent at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Mr. Nugent was better known as the “Alligator Man” to the thousands of school children he visited around the state as part of a joint effort with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to teach kids about alligators. Matthew Cretul spoke to Paynes Prairie State Park Manager David Jowers about the life and legacy of Harold Nugent. During his time in Gainesville, Mr. Nugent was awarded numerous citations, including the National Vounteer of the Year Award for the National Wildlife Refuges The Florida State Colleague Award by the Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Steward Award by the Alachua Conservation Trust , and the 2003 Volunteer of the Year for the Florida Park Service. He was also a former Director on the Friends of Paynes Prairie Board.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Jowers.mp3]
The Lake City community is working to help a family of eight that lost their home in a fire last week. Donations so far include mattresses, shoes, toothbrushes and sports equipment for the kids, and a GoFundMe has been set up to raise money toward a down payment on a new house.