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She is a female firefighter and wants girls to know they can become one too

For the past 24 years, Tina Guiler has risked her life as a firefighter and paramedic in South Florida. She is now a lieutenant and has been in the same department in Miami-Dade all that time.

“But I still get asked by little kids and even adults, ‘Are you really a firefighter?’ Or they’ll say, “I didn’t know girls could be firefighters.” That’s why I designed the plush dolls for female firefighters.”

Guiler launched her small business, Triple F (for Fierce Female Firefighter) Dolls in 2022. She said she founded it to inspire young girls around the world to become firefighters themselves.

With only 6 percent of firefighters being women, she says the initiative has inspired girls. Guiler also launched the Triple F Foundation organization that helps other firefighters who encounter injuries or illness on the job.

“Since the dolls came onto the market, it has had a huge impact on little children. Little girls see the dolls and now think they could be anything: even a firefighter! The little boys now see that women can also be firefighters.

“A mother came to my booth when I was selling the doll and she told me she had to tell me a story about her daughter, who was four years old. She said her daughter came to her one day and said, “Mommy, I want to be a boy.” She asked her, “Why do you want to be a boy, honey?” And the daughter said, “I want to be a boy because I want to be a firefighter, and you have to be a boy to be a firefighter.”

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“She saw my dolls and me in my uniform and her face lit up like a Christmas tree. She was surprised to see a fireman doll that looked like her. So she now knows that she can become a firefighter. This doll changed that little girl’s life. So I truly believe, ‘If they can see it, it can be them too!’”

Plush dolls of female firefighters created by Lt. Tina Guiler inspire little girls to become firefighters.

Plush dolls of female firefighters created by Lt. Tina Guiler inspire little girls to become firefighters.

Guiler, who still works full-time, designed the world’s only line of female firefighter plush dolls with removable gear and various female firefighter logos on their clothing. The logos are also on T-shirts, emblems, challenge coins and hoodies. You can learn more and purchase items at www.triplefrescue.com

Swimmers from across the country are coming together to swim in the ocean to raise money for the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund.Swimmers from across the country are coming together to swim in the ocean to raise money for the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund.

Swimmers from across the country are coming together to swim in the ocean to raise money for the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund.

The ocean race keeps the swimmer’s memory alive

On March 24, champion high school swimmer Nicholas Dworet would have turned 24 years old.

Nick, who was determined to swim in the Olympics, was killed in the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, in which 17 students and teachers were killed by a former student.

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Swimmers from across the country gather to celebrate his life and remember him during an ocean race at Mizell-Johnson State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Dr. in Dania Beach.

His parents, Annika and Mitch Dworet, said he was considerate of everyone around him.

“As Nick’s parents, we wanted to do something in honor of our son that would continue his determination, loving kindness and sense of community. The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund was established to fulfill that wish.”

The 3rd annual Swim with Nick Ocean Race, presented by Goldfarb Law PA, is March 24. Swimmers can register at https://www.saltysportssociety.com/swim-with-nick

There are several events for different swimming distances. Details including trail maps are on the website.

All proceeds will be used to fund programs and scholarships and help people in underserved communities learn the joy that comes from being part of a swim team, his parents said.

“Through annual local swimming clinics, hundreds of underserved young swimmers receive instruction they would otherwise not have access to. This instruction is essential so that everyone can compete at the elementary and middle school levels.

“In addition, the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund provides scholarships to swimmers. These scholarships partially offset the disparity in athletic funding at the collegiate level. To date, we have awarded more than $50,000

in individual scholarships, grants to local swimming organizations for equipment, and financial support for swimming lessons for people in the area.”

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Sponsorship is possible. Contact Carla Albano at 954-253-2021 or carlabano2000@yahoo.com and Joseph Chiarella at 954-740-2417 or nicholasdworetfund@gmail.com

Eco action camp empowers children

Is there a 6e7e, or 8e student in your life who loves the outdoors and active learning? Then CauseCamp is for them.

After a successful first season of summer camps in 2023, the nonprofit organization Blue Missions was encouraged by parents and students to offer a similar eco-friendly action camp for spring break 2024.

At CauseCamp, students kayak during a mangrove cleanup and participate in an Everglades Slog, allowing them to explore the park’s off-trail areas and learn about its ecosystem. They go snorkeling at a coral reef restoration project and have a floating classroom on Biscayne Bay to help them understand the value of water and the urgent need to protect it.

The camp is April 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Brendan High School, 2950 SW 87th Ave. The cost is $495 and includes snacks, lunch, two t-shirts and all excursions. Registration takes place at https://www.bluemissions.org/causecamps

These volunteers ushering in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center are, from left: Jean Halstead, Betty Tache, Gloria Ezrin and Karen Paige.  Brought to you by Aventura Arts & Cultural CenterThese volunteers ushering in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center are, from left: Jean Halstead, Betty Tache, Gloria Ezrin and Karen Paige.  Brought to you by Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

These volunteers ushering in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center are, from left: Jean Halstead, Betty Tache, Gloria Ezrin and Karen Paige. Brought to you by Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Volunteer for the accompanying corps

The unofficial opening act at every performance is the welcoming team. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is now accepting applications for its dynamic corps and will offer a two-hour orientation on March 13 at 6 p.m.

The volunteer corps greets customers and escorts them to their seats as the crowd prepares to enjoy the events. New members will join a friendly mix ranging from retired seniors to high school students earning community service hours.

Interested parties must first register online at www.aventuracenter.org/support/volunteer. Applicants will be contacted prior to the introduction to confirm their attendance.

Write to ChristinaMMayo@gmail.com with news for this column.

Christina Mayo can be reached at ChristinaMMayo@gmail.comChristina Mayo can be reached at ChristinaMMayo@gmail.com

Christina Mayo can be reached at ChristinaMMayo@gmail.com

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