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Collin's Community Hero Day a success

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) 1 / 3
Hundreds of families turned out for Collin’s Community Hero Day inside the New Richmond Area Ambulance Service station on Saturday, Jan. 25. Children got a chance to meet community service workers and see their vehicles and equipment. (Photo by Micheal Foley)2 / 3
A silent auction at Collin’s Community Hero Day raised more than $2,500. The event raised a total of more than $4,000 toward counseling needs for community service workers. (Photo by Micheal Foley)3 / 3
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Collin's Community Hero Day a success
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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.

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.”

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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