DELTONA, FL – 18 Mar, 2017 – Earlier in 2017, the Deltona Fire Department recognized numerous firefighters for outstanding service through the past year. One firefighter was awarded the Exceptional Duty award, for her dedication and work in the Deltona community during the holiday season. Lt. Christine Gallagher was instrumental in the success of the Fire Department’s traditional food and toy drive, Deltona Operation Cares.
This program began in 2014 and was able to provide food and gifts to five families with twenty-four children. In 2016, that number of recipients increased to twenty-four families with eighty-one children who received toys and food. The fire union provided the donations for the first year of the drive, and by 2016, Deltona Operation Cares expanded its base of donations to the City staff and the public.
The 2016 drive kicked off during the Thanksgiving holiday with a 24 hour visit to Walmart by the pink firetruck. Deltona Operation Cares also provided two car loads of bicycles and gifts to the Deltona Youth Explosion, which helped in assisting families.
In receiving her award, Lt. Gallagher was described as being “passionate, committed and dedicated in what she does and truly cares for the kids. The program has now become a tradition. She goes above and beyond giving selflessly of her time to make sure children of our community have a great Christmas.”
Company Name: City of Deltona
Contact Person: Lee Lopez
Country: United States