Florida walk highlights firefighters’ cancer risk

‘Central Florida Spotlight’ host Greg Warmoth, left, stands next to Tom ‘Bull’ Hill, a retired Orange County firefighter walking from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness about the cancer risk faced by firefighters. (WFTV)

In public-affairs programming this weekend on Orlando television, WFTV-Channel 9 will offer two editions of “Central Florida Spotlight.”

In a show at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Greg Warmoth talks with Tom “Bull” Hill, the retired Orange County firefighter walking from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness about the cancer risk that firefighters face. Hill hopes to persuade state lawmakers to enact benefits for family members of firefighters who die of cancers linked to their work. Florida is one of a few states that does not have such benefits for the families of fallen firefighters. Hill describes his walk, the reception he’s received across the state from firefighters and their families, and the motivating factors behind his cause “My Brothers’ Burden Walk.”

In a show at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Warmoth interviews Adam Putnam, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and a Republican candidate for governor. Putnam discusses economic development issues, affordable housing, marketing Florida and growing the state’s tourism and agriculture economies. Other topics include gun control, school security and Putnam’s describing himself as “a proud NRA sellout.”

“The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com with Justin Warmoth” features Orange County mayoral candidate Rob Panepinto at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is another guest, and he discusses running against his predecessor, Alan Grayson, in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Soto also talks about the housing deadline looming for Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria and what he’s doing to get it extended.

Former state Rep. Dick Batchelor will join host Ryan Elijah on “Orlando Matters” at 10 a.m. Saturday on WOFL-Channel 35. He discusses the plan in Orange County to raise property taxes to pay for a program that will benefit underserved youth. Sharon Smoley of the Orlando Economic Partnership discusses a program to recruit more local political candidates. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.)

“Metro Center Outlook” will repeat a program with Chad Crawford, host of “How to do Florida,” at 9 a.m. Sunday on WUCF TV. Crawford explains the importance of exploring our state’s natural habitats and protecting some of Florida’s most vulnerable environments. Tanja Gerhartz,director of economic development for Winter Garden, discusses the Rails to Trails program.

“Global Perspectives” repeats an interview with Michael Luongo, a freelance travel writer and the author of 15 books, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on WUCF TV. He shares his experiences with LGBT issues around the world.

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