Orange County firefighters make 10-year-old boy's birthday unforgettable

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Firefighters throw unforgettable birthday party for 10-year-old boy. (Image: Orange County Fire Rescue)
Firefighters throw unforgettable birthday party for 10-year-old boy. (Image: Orange County Fire Rescue)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Independence Day is this week, which means it's a good time to honor those who put their lives on the line for the community each day.

Here at News 6, we like to take some time every week to do that, since there's certainly no shortage of outstanding first responders in Central Florida. 

Trust me, they do much more than fight crime. 

For example, they bring an impressive set of skills to the basketball court, regardless of the weather. Well, at least Deputy Goff, with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, does. What's a full uniform in 98 degrees when you've got a chance at beating some neighborhood kids? 


An Ocala FL resident just sent me this video that she recorded yesterday on her street and asked me to share it. It's Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Goff. She said that he was out there for about an hour in 98 degree heat. Way to go Sir!

Posted by Basketball Cop Foundation on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Deputies in Brevard County are teaching kids the valuable lesson that you're never too young to get results. Deputies Tygh Freeman and Zach King may have recruited two future deputies after showing them how to use their laser speed measurement devices to crack down on speeding drivers. If not enough to join the agency when they're old enough, the kids at least enjoyed their time with the deputies enough to give them some "power" candy to get through the rest of the day.


Posted by Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official) on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wow, they're starting them young these days. In Orange County, deputies shouted out an 8-year-old boy and his pet rabbit after the crime-fighting pair helped a deputy with a stolen vehicle report and processing the scene. The agency says maybe if they're lucky enough, they'll be able to recruit him when he grows up. By the look of his smile, he seems on board with the idea.

I'll be honest, I had to type through some tears to tell you about this one. Orange County firefighters made a 10-year-old boy's birthday incredibly special with a day at the station doing all the things his heroes get to do on a regular basis. Gage, the birthday boy, has a condition that limits his use of his arms and legs, but that didn't stop him from excelling and earning a promotion to the rank of junior firefighter. If you want to cry a lot of happy tears, watch the whole thing below.

OCFRD Promotes Inspiring Child to Rank of Jr. Firefighter

Some birthdays are unforgettable, just like some people are unforgettable. If the summer temps don’t melt your heart, this story is sure to do the trick. ❤️ UCP of Central Florida Orange County Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 2057 Inside Edition Orange County, Florida Government Today Show

Posted by Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Florida on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

You probably already have the tissues out from the last story, so just go ahead and keep them close because you'll probably need them for this one, too. Lt. Tim Freebern got emotional as he signed off for the last time, bringing his 36 years of service with the Florida Highway Patrol to an end, and you'll probably get emotional watching it. Thank you for your service, Lt. Freebern. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

See? Aren't our first responders the best? If you have any positive law enforcement-related stories you'd like to share, send them my way

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.

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