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Robert is the first responder we are honoring for First Responder Friday this week. He is a paramedic that serves in two counties in Tampa Bay.

Robert lives in Hillsborough County put travels to Citrus and Sumter Counties for work. He is a paramedic for the Citrus County Fire Department. Robert also works for AMR in Sumter County. He has been a paramedic for 15 years.

His wife Sarah is the person who nominated Robert for First Responder Friday. She told us that they met in 2020 and got married in November of last year.

Their Honeymoon Didn’t Go As Planned

Sarah told us about their honeymoon and how it didn’t go as planned. She said, “On our honey I contracted COVID. It was awful. We were on a cruise and we were in Honduras and they actually had to fly us back to the United States on a private medical jet. I ruined the honeymoon.”

Since they were separated on the cruise ship Sarah told us Robert’s accommodations were nice while hers weren’t. She said, “He got to enjoy the balcony suite room, and I was below deck in the dungeon.” They have talked about doing a honeymoon redo.

Thanks to Robert the paramedic who serves in two counties in Tampa Bay. He receives a $100 Visa gift card from Crown Buick GMC. He also gets another $100 Visa gift card from Demesmin & Dover Law Firm.

Every Friday we honor a first responder in Tampa Bay. Do you have someone in your life that is a first responder? Someone that you admire, a relative, a friend? Whoever it is that you want to spotlight. We want to hear from you, and you can nominate someone right now by doing so HERE. The nomination process takes about five minutes. Once you nominate someone we will be in touch with you to schedule a call with you.

Places You Can Find Free School Supplies

The kids are heading back to school next week and parents are scrambling to gather all of the school supplies.  The amount you will spend on back to school supplies this year is $200 per child.

Here is a list of events that can help you out with some freebies this school year.

  • Raymond James Stadium - August 6th

    Bullard Family Foundation will celebrate the 5th Annual Back to School Bash presented by AdventHealth and Skanska at Raymond James Stadium 9 a.m. Aug. 6.  Free backfilled school supplies plus you can take advantage of free dental, medical and vision services.  Find out more details and get registered HERE

  • Tampa Premium Outlets - Aug 7th

    It’s the 2nd Annual Florida Penguin’s Back to School Bash at Tampa Premium Outlets on August 7th from 12-4pm – it is free and open to the public.  The first 250 families will get access to the scavenger Hunt where you can collect dozens of free school supplies and a free backpack!

    More information HERE


  • Tropicana Field - Sat Aug 6th

    Saturday Morning Shoppe and Live Love St. Pete are giving away 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies from 12 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at Tropicana Field.  The giveaway coincides with the Saturday Morning Shoppe’s monthly market.  This is a free event for everyone.

    Learn more at livelovestpete.org and satmorningshoppe.com.

  • Full Gospel Church in Bradenton - Aug 6th

    • League of Women Voters in Manatee County will host a Back-to-School event on August 6.
    • It’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Full Gospel Church in Bradenton.
    • Click here for more information.


  • Florida’s Welcome Center - Polk County - Aug 6th

    • Central Florida’s Welcome Center will host a “Back to School Kick-off” event on Saturday, Aug. 6.
    • This free event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    • The first 400 students will receive a free backpack.