ORLANDO, Fla. – You probably already know Central Florida is home to some fantastic first responders.
But in case you forget, we like to remind you each week by showcasing some of the ways they go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities.
Here are just a few of the ways first responders went above the call of duty this week:
Officers with the Apopka Police Department stepped in to help a Central Florida woman who was struggling to get her son to use the potty. After inviting Cannon, who wants to be a police officer when he grows up, to the police station, Cannon's mom said she's had much more success in the potty training department. Read the full story about officers' adorable efforts here.
Some law enforcement officers will go to new heights to get results for something they're passionate about -- literally. For Orange County Sheriff John Mina, that means repelling down a 15-story building to raise money for military veterans. Whatever it takes, right?
Orange County Sheriff John Mina rappelled the 15-story @orlandohealth building today! It was for a fundraiser called "Over the Edge with Mission United." The funds will support military veterans. #veterans pic.twitter.com/07iblBeMm8— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) May 11, 2019
While hosting the event "Soda Pop with a Cop," Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith decided to mix things up by working the drive-thru window himself. We'll bet it was a fun surprise for anyone who got their order handed to them by the chief.
Ocala police were all about students at Oakcrest Elementary School while taking part in a "Bike to School" event in celebration of National Bike Month, but not without making sure they knew safety comes first. To do that, they attended the event and made sure students were fitted for helmets before their big ride.
It's National Bike Month so we celebrated this morning with our Bike to School event partnered with @Children1stMCCA & @ocalapd to fit our Eagles with bike helmets! Safety First! @KinardsConnect1 @Grantham_Greats pic.twitter.com/PKyA3D1tw9— Oakcrest Elementary: An IB PYP School (@oakcresteagles) May 8, 2019
Officers in Eustis broke a sweat in their efforts to humanize the badge this week. Pictures show two officers with the Eustis Police Department taking on a group of kids in an intense game of basketball. Who do you think had better luck on the court?
Walking 5 miles and doing 150 burpees is quite the challenge, but members of the Give Team made it look easy in their attempt to honor fallen officers. Orlando police posted pictures of the "Ruck for Blue" event outside their headquarters. The photos showed the group working hard to kick off National Police Week, which honors those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Give Team at our headquarters for their “Ruck for Blue” event! They walked 5 miles and completed 150 burpees in honor of the 2018 line of duty deaths. Great way to kick of the 2018 National Police Week and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/wXcRuCa4jr— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 12, 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 on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.