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North Port Firefighter/EMT Christina Doyle Passes Away

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- A North Port Fire Department firefighter EMT has passed away after a long battle with Leukemia, this according to a release from the department.

Christina Doyle served 9-years with the Department as a firefighter EMT. For the past year and a half she fought hard to beat Leukemia and get back to doing what she loved. The 36-year-old passed away Monday surrounded by family and her North Port Station 84 crew in Houston Texas, where she had been undergoing advanced cancer treatment.

Christina was dedicated to the City of North Port. She was a founding member of the Department’s Honor Guard and Firefighters Benevolent Fund. She was instrumental in organizing the annual “Remember the Fallen 5k Memorial Run”.

North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe says, “She always stepped up to help the City. We are all heartbroken by the loss. To me Christina was more like a daughter than an employee. Her infectious smile and determination will be missed by all.”

Christina comes from a long line of those dedicated to the fire service, a 4th generation firefighter. Her Great-Grandfather, Grandfather and Father all served with the Boston Fire Department. Her Father Jack and Mother Patricia Doyle thank the North Port Fire Department and the rest of the community for their comments and support. Both her parents and the North Port Fire Department would like to thank the Houston Fire Department for their constant presence and support during this difficult time.

Arrangements to honor Christina are still being organized. It is likely there will be a service and ceremony with a procession through the City of North Port sometime late next week.

Link to Article: WWSB ABC-7


Hello all,

Sister Doyle and her mother Trish will be arriving at Sarasota-Bradenton airport on Thursday 8/6 at approximately 4:42 PM. We are hoping to have as much of an FD presence as possible to greet Doyle’s Mom in the terminal. The honor guard will be moving Doyle from the aircraft to the hearse. We are asking that interested  personnel arrive no later than 4:00 PM. I have attached a map of where everyone needs to go once they arrive at the airport.  

We are asking that people wear the orange Doyle t-shirt. If you do not have one see Kimberley up front.  She has 8 Mediums and 1 XL. First come first served. If you’re unable to get one please still show up if available.

Following her arrival and transfer from plane to hearse she will be transported from the airport to Farley funeral home in Venice at 265 Nokomis Ave.

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Download: Directions to Gate 15 and Old Employee Lot.pdf
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Thank you,     

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Lt. Sam P. Dreher II is not alone. Charlotte County firefighters are taking turns standing guard over Dreher’s body. Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins said they will continue to stand beside Dreher until his burial Saturday.


Dreher, 39, was shot outside a Sarasota apartment Saturday by his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Michael Minor, 27, authorities have said. Dreher died from his injuries Sunday.


The 18-year veteran of Charlotte County Fire/EMS will be remembered at a visitation today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Larry Taylor Funeral Home, 1515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.


A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Burial will follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens, where Dreher’s father is buried, said Taylor.


The Charlotte County Fire/EMS Honor Guard will be present at the service Saturday, along with honor guards from other agencies, Hawkins said.


The sudden, shocking death of Dreher — known as Sammy — has greatly affected his fellow firefighters and paramedics.


“We’re just taking care of each other, checking on each other,” Hawkins said.


Dreher’s Battalion Chief, Jon Miller, has “shown a tremendous amount of support,” Hawkins said, as have Battalion Chiefs Mark Crigler and James Stillwagon.


“Everybody’s suffering the loss,” Hawkins said. “Everyone’s feeling the pain.”


Critical incident stress management teams are working with crews at each of the fire stations across Charlotte County, Hawkins said.


“We’ll get through this as a group together,” Hawkins said. “Sammy was such a wonderful person.”


Dreher, a North Port resident and a graduate of Charlotte High School, worked as a firefighter and paramedic, in addition to serving on the Marine Operations Team. He also worked for the Punta Gorda Fire Department prior to Charlotte County Fire/EMS.


Memorial donations in Dreher’s honor can be made at any Sun Trust Bank to Firefighters for Kids of Charlotte County.



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