March 8, 2012, Melbourne, Fla.- 2012 Melbourne Mayoral candidate Mark LaRusso announced the endorsement of Florida Professional Firefighters (FPF). The endorsement marks the third candidacy endorsement current Melbourne City Councilmember has earned from the organization.

In a letter dated February 15, 2012, FPF President/CEO Gary Rainey stated the following regarding LaRusso’s candidacy, “We believe that [LaRusso] will honorably serve the citizens of Melbourne, and the interests of the men and women employed in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who have made the protection of life and property their life’s work.”

“I’m extremely proud to have the support of the FPF and the 24,000 Florida firefighters they represent behind this campaign,” said Mr. LaRusso. “These brave men and women risk their lives to ensure our safety. As mayor of Melbourne, I will make every effort to see that the interests of these professionals are protected, along with all citizens of The Harbor City.”

The Melbourne mayoral election is set to take place November 6, 2012.

About the FPF

The Florida Professional Firefighters is a state association chartered by the International Association of Fire Fighters. The FPF was formed January 11, 1944 to be an advocate in Florida’s State Capitol, counties, cities and special districts for firefighters, paramedics and the fire/rescue services.

About Mark LaRusso

Mark LaRusso is a second-term councilman for the City of Melbourne and an avid servant of the community; Mr. LaRusso has served on the executive board for the YMCA and is an Honorary Board Member of Honor America. LaRusso was honored with the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association’s Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Leader. To learn more about Mr. LaRusso’s campaign for mayor of Melbourne, visit