Firefighter reunites with Safe Haven baby left at station in 2006

New fire truck named after girl

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A child dropped off as an infant at a Lake County fire station was honored in a special ceremony Friday and reunited with the firefighter who took her in.

On July 1, 2006, a woman parked her car at Clermont Fire Station 112 and handed Batllion Chief Dan Miller a 1-day-old baby named Iris.

Following Florida's Safe Haven laws, the baby was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and two weeks later was adopted by a new family who renamed her Colleen.

"She's a blessing and we love her dearly. I can't imagine life without her," Colleen's adopted mother, Lara Katich, said.

Both Miller and now 10-year-old Colleen were visibly anxious before meeting for the second time.

"Well, I was definitely nervous, but proud at the same time," Miller said.

Lake County Fire Rescue has honored Colleen by naming a new fire truck after her.

"Makes everybody at the fire station proud. She's a part of our family," Miller said.

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