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You can get wrapped up in the bad news of the day where no one really knows where they stand, or you can bask in the good news that occurs in this country each and every day.

And this piece of good news is especially sweet.

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In an interview shared on “Good Morning America” and profiled on “Inside Edition,” this is a story of firefighter Lt. Dan Miller, who more than 10 years ago was handed a day-old baby named Colleen. “This woman walked up and handed me a baby carriage and inside was Colleen, sleeping,” he recalled. “She didn’t say anything, didn’t make any eye contact. I briefly asked if there’s anything I needed to know and she just walked away.”

As part of Florida’s Baby Safe Haven Law, which states that “you can leave your baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a firefighter at any fire station in Florida,” according to its website, the baby’s mother simply handed the baby off, never truly knowing what would happen next. And neither did Lt. Dan Miller.

That is until recently, when Dan and Colleen were reunited by an eerie twist of fate. Through cards and letters Dan knew that Colleen was put up for adoption back in 2006 and that she was doing well, but he did not come face-to-face with her until March 2017.

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“I was nervous,” Dan said. “I didn’t know exactly what to say to her, but I had a bouquet of flowers for her. We talked a little bit and then she got to see the fire truck and tour the station.”


That fire truck? Well, it was named after Colleen.

“Station 112 got a brand-new fire truck. We said, ‘Hey, let’s name the truck after the baby that was dropped off here,'” Chief Miller recalled.

“Even though it’s been almost 11 years, to think they thought unanimously that it was how they should name the truck…you never know if people are remembering her and they really did,” Colleen’s mom said.

Indeed, Lt. Miller has made sure Colleen will never be forgotten again.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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