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From buying ice cream to promoting good causes, Orlando-area first responders do it all

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Central Florida's first responders do much more than their job description requires of them.

That's why we like to take a few minutes each week to highlight the good work they're doing in and for their communities.

Ocoee is where we'll kick things off today. Most of us take our dogs on nature trips, but when News 6 producer Haley Coomes experienced an allergic reaction while on the West Orange Trail, her foster service dog Winnifred rose to the occasion. Winnifred enlisted the help of Fire Station No. 26 personnel, who got Coomes the medical attention she needed.

 

 

Summer is nearing its end, but it is still incredibly hot in Central Florida. An Orlando Police Department officer decided to treat a local family to an impromptu ice cream celebration to help them beat the heat.

 

 

Next we head over to Longwood, where their police department received an unexpected visit. Aidan, a young child with stage 4 neuroblastoma, visited the officers with his mom, Elena. Aidan dropped off gold ribbons and bracelets for the officers to wear on their uniforms as a way to educate others of his condition. Elena operates a Facebook page to bring attention to Aiden's condition.

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we were honored to get a visit from Aidan and his mom Elena. Elena...

Posted by Longwood Police Department on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

 

On Saturday, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office came together to support our troops. Instead of your usual march, Sheriff Russ Gibson and deputies rode in as part of the 15th annual USO Motorcycle Benefit Ride.

 

Sheriff Russ Gibson and the Osceola Sheriff’s Office were honored to attend and support the 15th Annual USO Motorcycle Benefit Ride, to support American Troops. #OsceolaSheriff #CommunityStrong

Posted by Osceola County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, September 21, 2019

 

Our last story for you today is one from our own Trooper Steve Montiero, who moderated the sixth annual Air Care Conference Monday. Montiero was able to play a small part in the largest relationship between our various first responder groups. 

 

Just wanted to give a huge public thank you to everyone at #AirCare for inviting me out to moderate their 6th Annual Air...

Posted by Trooper Steve on Monday, September 23, 2019

For more on these feel-good stories and to see other features that highlight the good news in Central Florida, watch News 6 at Nine on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.