By Bryan Boggiano
First responders received a “thank you” from the city commission for their contributions to the community.
Frst responders from the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, Coral Springs Police, and dispatch services were recognized at their Wed., Nov. 2, meeting.
“There’s no way we can have an amazing city, have the safety that we do, the safety that we feel, the safety we have raising our children…without the first responders that we have in our community,” said Mayor Scott Brook.
The recognition follows National First Responders Day, on Oct. 28, and National First Responders Month in October.
Congress established National First Responders Day in 2017 to honor the 4.6 million volunteer and career police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and others who respond to emergencies.
The police department, fire department, and dispatch/communications each selected one member who showed exemplary service throughout the year.
These members each received a certificate of appreciation and a gift card from Freedom Flight South Florida, which recognized them throughout October.
According to Freedom Flight President Stan Bostic, the organization started in 2020 as a way to fly first responders, veterans, and military members to memorials and patriotic sites in New York and the Washington, D.C., area.
Due to COVID, the organization had to adapt to find another way to honor those first responders and military personnel.
“We came up with this concept of staying in our community…[finding] individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their communities and giving them the righteous honors and respect that are due to them,” he said.
Coral Springs Police
The police department selected Detective James Horne as their honoree.
This past year, he investigated 47 criminal cases and 116 cyber tips. The cyber tips resulted in seven arrests and convictions for charges like sexual battery and child pornography.
In the community, Horne conducted school presentations on internet safety, social media, and gaming.
Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department
For their honoree, the fire department selected Lieutenant Michael Farmer.
Broward Health North recognized Farmer as their 2022 Paramedic of the Year. As president of the department’s benevolent association, he focuses on planning events for members and the community, including the Pasta Dinner for cancer research.
CSPD Dispatch and Communications
Dispatch and Communications chose emergency communications dispatcher Natasha Garcia as their honoree.
Garcia joined the department in Nov. 2020. She was part of a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) deployment to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, where she helped in the Lee County Fire and EMS Dispatch Center.
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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