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How these first responders in Central Florida are getting results

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Law enforcement officers and first responders across Central Florida are going beyond the call of duty each week, and our team at News 6 loves to share the ways they're getting results in their communities.

Whether it be to crime victims and their families, animals in need or even each other, our first responders are always lending a helping hand.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chris Joseph is a regular at the Wawa location near Silver Star Road and John Young Parkway, as is another man he frequently recognizes. The big difference between the two is that the man outside the building often doesn't have money to eat. Last Wednesday, Joseph purchased two meals to go, and gave one away to a very grateful and hungry person.

Random Act of Kindness

Sergeant Chris Joseph frequently has to eat on the run, and he's a regular at the Wawa near Silver Star Road and John Young Parkway. He recently saw another regular at the gas station who frequently doesn’t have the opportunity to eat at all. Sgt Joseph, a member of the Community Oriented Policing Squad (COPS) recognized the man and purchased two lunches to go. Our Deputies commit these Random Acts of Kindness every day. This one just happened to be caught on body cam. #COPSCares #PineHills #LunchWithSarge

Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office and the Flagler Sheriff's Police Athletic League got results at the Belle Terre Elementary School Bobcat 5K and Community Fair. The runners were able to speak with many families about the office and PAL programs, and were very appreciative of everyone who stopped by to talk.

The Eustis Police Department and the Eustis Fire Department participated in a community "Path to Success" event to talk about becoming business professionals to students. The members jumped into conversations with the children to talk about goals and potential jobs. They also guided the students to make positive life choices to become their best selves.

Last week, Eustis Police and Eustis Fire joined many of our community business professionals for a "Path to Success"...

Posted by Eustis Police Department on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

After neighbors spotted a dog struggling to swim in nearby water, a man took his boat out to rescue the pup, but the tired dog couldn't get into the vessel alone. The man jumped over the side of the boat to lift the dog inside, but he didn't have the strength to save himself and the furry friend, resulting in them both hanging onto the side of the boat until Orange County Fire Rescue Department showed up to the scene. The dog was transported to a veterinary hospital to get cleaned up and microchipped while staff continues to work to find its family.

🐾Who rescued who? 🐾 When a Good Samaritan took to the water to rescue a distressed pup, both ended up needing a lil’...

Posted by Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Florida on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Titusville Police Department spent the day with some children who attended the 14th Annual Cops and Cars for Kids Car Show sharing smiles and high-fives. Titusville police also took how three first-place trophies to finish off their "awesome" day.

Titusville Police had a great time having fun with the children who attended 14th Annual Cops and Cars for Kids Car...

Posted by Titusville Police Official Page on Friday, February 8, 2019

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.