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.