From sweet treat citations to snakes in custody, Central Florida’s first responders do it all

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Ocoee police officer wrangles snake found in woman's home. (Image: Ocoee Police Department)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida's first responders are some of the best and the work they do that goes beyond what their job description requires of them is proof.

That's why each week, News 6 at Nine likes to take time to highlight their good deeds. As usual, there were no shortage of them this week.

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Chief Orlando Rolón and members of the Orlando Police Department visited with former OPD Maj. Don Van Scoyoc to celebrate his 90th birthday. (Image: Orlando Police Department)

Once a member of the Orlando Police Department, always a member of the Orlando Police Department. That's the message Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón and other members of the department had for former OPD Major Don Van Scoyoc when they visited him to celebrate his 90th birthday. The city made his birthday official when Mayor Buddy Dyer issued a proclamation declaring July 3, 2019, as Don Van Scoyoc Day in the City of Orlando. Of course, the proclamation was presented to Van Scoyoc during his birthday celebration.

In Flagler County, a young girl named Beckett received the type of citation we all want to be written, if we have to receive one: a sweet treat citation. A deputy gave it to her after she showed her appreciation for law enforcement officers. The takeaway here is that when we see a first responder, we should thank them. It could make their day and they may even thank you in return.

Six guide dogs in training met firefighters in full gear for the first time this weekend. This helps them become acclimated to sights, sound and scent when getting up close with first responders. We think the Southeastern Guide Dogs had a great time!

Posted by Orlando Fire Department on Monday, July 8, 2019

It was a hard day for firefighters at the Orlando Police Department Monday when six guide dogs in training stopped by to meet firefighters in full gear for the first time. Once the pups get past the excitement, the introduction helps them get used to the sights, sounds and scents they'll encounter while getting up close with first responders. I'd say Monday's meeting was a win-win.

If there has ever been a group of lucky ducks, it was these 11 ducklings rescued from a storm drain at Full Sail this week, thanks to an Orange County Fire Rescue crew. Crew members said after the dramatic drain rescue, the ducklings were relocated to a nearby pond, where they'll be able to sail around Full Sail. How clever.

Because sometimes, it's more than just bad guys we have to take into custody! Ofc. Parke was quick to help a local...

Posted by Ocoee Police Department on Friday, July 5, 2019

Officers in Ocoee are not only working to keep bad guys off the streets, they're taking snakes into custody, too. Well, at least one officer did after an Ocoee resident found a snake near her refrigerator at her house. Once the snake was released from custody -- outside, of course -- the woman was finally able to get to her breakfast. Phew!

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See? Their work is never done, yet that doesn't seem to stop Central Florida's first responders from going the extra mile. 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.