Below you will find prior stories which have been selected to be publicly shared on this website that demonstrate people actively caring for other people. These are stories about you, the citizens who live, work, and play within the City of Winter Park.
January 24, 2017
Three staff members from Bulla Gastro Bar restaurant did a surprise visit to the Public Safety Building, dropping off freshly made soup. This was to show appreciation to first responders during National Soup Month. For their great act of kindness, they were each given a A4CP “Actively Caring For People” wristband to pay forward.
September 9, 2016
Richard T. Prindville, Managing Funeral Director of Cox-Parker Funeral Home and his staff, visited the police station, dropping off sandwiches, refreshments and cookies, for all the officers to enjoy. This is a yearly gesture of kindness given towards law enforcement on the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, as tribute to the selfless service provided to the community. For their actions, they were each presented a AC4P “Actively Caring For People” wristband to pay forward.
September 9, 2016
Five staff members of the Alfond Inn did a surprise visit to the Public Safety Building, dropping off freshly made sandwiches and refreshments for both fire and police personnel. This was in tribute to the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and to show support to all public safety servants that risk their lives everyday in service to the citizens of the community. For their great act of kindness, they were each given a AC4P “Actively Caring For People” wristband.
August 26, 2016
Captain Askins had stopped the local Chick-fil-A restaurant for a cup of coffee and breakfast. He began making his selection and placed an order. During that time, he was approached by a random citizen and his wife, who thanked him for his service to the community. The citizen then said “Don’t believe all you see on the news, we support our police, we have your back”. The citizen then proceeded to pay for the meal, saying it was the least he could do to show his support for his local law enforcement. For his act of extreme kindness and inspiring words of appreciation, he was given a AC4P “Actively Caring For People” wristband.
August 12, 2016
Yahaira Mateo came to the Winter Park Police station to drop off some coffee, juice and goodies from Panera Bread on behalf of One Heart Christian Church. They wanted to express their gratitude for the officers that serve their community. Officer Gonzalez provided Ms. Mateo with an AC4P wristband to recognize her act of kindness.
August 3, 2016
Officer Javier Rodriguez recently visited the office of Thomas, Zurcher and White, P.A and received over 15 bags of groceries for our Seniors 1st program. Their generous donation to the program is a generous testament of how a community partner can make a difference in a senior’s life. Their donation will allow us to fill the emergency pantry this month. For their exemplary efforts in helping people, the members of the practice received the AC4P “Actively Caring for People” wristband. They are paying it forward and we appreciate their commitment to our community.
July 27, 2016
Officer Santos responded to the eastbound off ramp of Interstate 4 at Fairbanks Avenue for a two vehicle accident, one of the vehicles involved was over turned. A citizen, Eugene Smith, was driving by and witnessed the crash. Mr. Smith stopped his vehicle and immediately went to the overturned vehicle. At which time, he pulled the driver out of the vehicle because he feared it was going to explode. Mr. Smith put himself in danger to help a fellow motorist involved in an accident, and displayed an extreme act of caring for others. For his actions, he was awarded an AC4P bracelet by Officer Santos.
July 23, 2016
Willie Colon, an active duty Navy member, was driving in the area of West Fairbanks Avenue and Starling Road. At which time, he noticed a car accident had occurred and it appeared that there were injured people at the location.. Mr.Colon, who is assigned to the medical field in the military provided medical aid to the victim while waiting for the arrival of first responders. Mr. Colon went as far as taking his military uniform shirt off and placing it underneath the victim to prevent the victim from getting burnt from the hot asphalt. For his action of caring, he was awarded an AC4P bracelet by Officer Massallo.
June 30, 2016
Captain Biles successfully conducted the first meeting for the first faith based watch program involving the 26 churches within Winter Park. Senior Pastor Walter Jackson was gracious to offer his facilities at the First Baptist Church for this momentous event. Due to Pastor Jackson’s hospitality and assistance with organizing the meeting he was awarded a AC4P bracelet by Captain Jeff Biles. He was also given a bracelet to “pay it forward” to others who display the values of Actively Caring For People
June 22, 2016
Mike Sylvia, manager of the Winter Park Ale House stopped in unannounced with ribs and chicken wings for the shift on duty as a way of saying “thank you” to first responders (he also dropped of food for the Fire Department). According to Mr. Sylvia, he felt that with all that has been going on in the greater Orlando area he wanted to give back to those that keep everyone safe. He was awarded a wristband by Chief Railey for his act of caring for our first responders.
June 16, 2016
Brice Terry and Perry Snider, volunteers with The LGBT Center of Central Florida, came by the station to drop off water, food and other various items for our officers and others in need. The LGBT Center of Central Florida has received tremendous support from the community due to the recent tragedy that occurred at Pulse in Orlando so they wanted to share with their local law enforcement communities. Brice and Perry were both awarded AC4P bracelets by Officer Gonzalez for their caring actions and they were both given another bracelet to reward someone else they see Actively Caring For People.