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Marc Chute, an EMT with the New Richmond Area Ambulance Service, shows a group of children the equipment inside an ambulance during Collin’s Community Hero Day on Saturday, Jan. 25. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Collin's Community Hero Day a success

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

More than 400 people attended Collin’s Community Hero Day at the New Richmond Area Ambulance Service station on Saturday, Jan. 25, to meet community service workers and see their vehicles and equipment.

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On display were a New Richmond Fire & Rescue fire engine, a New Richmond Police Department squad car, a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle, a New Richmond Area Ambulance Service ambulance and a U.S. Army humvee.

According to organizers, more than $4,000 was raised to benefit community service workers in need of trauma counseling. The silent auction alone raised more than $2,500.

The event was hosted by Rachel and Dan Fitzgerald who lost their 4-year-old son Collin in a tragic snowplowing accident in December 2012. Collin’s Community Hero Day began in 2013 as a way to celebrate Collin’s birthday and raise money for community service workers who require counseling after experiencing emotionally traumatic scenes.

“We were thrilled with the turnout, thankful for the support and generosity of so many, and are very proud to be part of this community,” Rachel Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We plan to have the event yearly, on the Saturday before our son’s birthday. Next year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 24.”

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