How Orlando-area first responders are making a difference this week

Local law enforcement officers, firefighters go above the call of duty

(Photo: West Melbourne Police Dept.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Each week on News 6 at Nine, News 6 likes to share some good news about Orlando-area first responders.

This week, four local agencies in Central Florida shared heartwarming stories on social media.

A 7-year-old boy in Brevard got the surprise of a lifetime when Brevard County Fire Rescue crews and West Melbourne police showed up at his birthday party. Of course, a fire truck and police cruiser even made appearances and served as the perfect spots for pictures.

It's not everyday police officers and fire fighters show up at a 7 year old's birthday party 😊 This is not just any...

Posted by West Melbourne Police Department on Sunday, September 30, 2018

In Osceola County, deputies spent time with law enforcement officers in the area, as well as retired officers from Puerto Rico. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office shared photos from the event on Facebook, saying the deputies enjoyed the afternoon of friendship and fellowship.

It was an honor to share an afternoon of friendship and fellowship with current and retired law enforcement officers...

Posted by Osceola County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, September 30, 2018

A little boy who evacuated from North Carolina to Palm Coast during Hurricane Florence wanted to visit the Palm Coast Fire Department while in town because he loves firefighters and trucks, his mom wrote on Facebook. He stopped by the fire house with cookies and was welcomed in by everyone at the station. Not only did he enjoy the firefighters' company during his visit, he was also involved in a crash before then, and while responding to it, the firefighter distracted him and kept him calm by letting him explore their truck. His mom, of course, thanked them.

My son and I evacuated from Wilmington, NC to Palm coast, Fl during hurricane Florence. He LOVES firemen/fire trucks and...

Posted by Kelli Yohe on Saturday, September 29, 2018

How do you celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday? Oviedo police do it by teaching some elementary school students about apples. A photo posted on the Oviedo Police Department's Facebook page showed an officer reading to a first-grade class at Partin Elementary School. That won't be his last visit to local classrooms either, according to the post.

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

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