Good news for FIRE Departments: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated the donation of equipment to Seminole Fire Rescue and the Treasure Island Fire Department. Seminole Fire Rescue received fire prevention and safety materials worth more than $20,000. The equipment will be used to educate members of the community, aiming to reduce the risk of accidental injury or death. The Treasure Island Fire Department received a Sea-Doo personal watercraft with accessories and a trailer to assist with water-related rescues. The dedication event was Oct. 7 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Starkey Road in Largo.
Health CARE accolade: Barb Maxwell of St. Petersburg was inducted into the Florida State Association of Occupational Health Nurses as a Society Fellow. It is the most distinguished award the association has to honor its members. Maxwell is the director of Company Care Occupational Health Services for HCA West Florida and was honored at the annual meeting in Orlando. The award recognizes the significant contributions to the discipline of nursing and the practice area of occupational health. Maxwell has 36 years of experience in nursing and 25 years in occupational health. She is considered an expert in leadership development, succession planning, clinical competency and education in occupational health and worker's compensation.
LENDING LIBRARY: The McGough Nature Park in Largo added a Little Lending Library with small containers for readers to take a book or leave a book. The Friends of Largo Library gave funds to Jacob Riek, Eagle Scout for Troop 407, to build the lending library. Two more lending libraries are planned for Highland Recreation Complex and the Largo Community Center. They will be completed within the next few months.
JACKSON LEWIS RAISES HOPE: Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world, sponsored two Weeks of Hope through Eckerd's Raising Hope program. In September, Jackson Lewis sponsored the program through a $500 contribution and donations like clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys and toiletries to help fill the shelves in the large Room of Hope at Eckerd. Eckerd made a short presentation, then Jackson Lewis volunteers helped stock the shelves in the Room of Hope. Volunteers also made "bags of hope" with a duffel bag and blanket full of clothing and personal care items. Many children come to Eckerd with minimal possessions, sometimes carrying their things in a garbage bag. The Rooms of Hope allow these children to "shop" for essentials and comfort items.