The Preserve, Hope Healthcare and thank first responders

On Oct. 27, The Preserve, Hope Healthcare and hosted a drive-thru barbeque to celebrate first responders in honor of National First Responders Day. The meals provided included grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and water for first responders to take for themselves and their colleagues.

Deputies and Communications staff members from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and state troopers attended the event to pick up a free meal. Several of the attendees brought free meals back to their departments to share with their colleagues.

David Burnett and Anthony Mazella of The Preserve grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and Rachel Byrd of The Preserve, Carrie Dunkley of and Dee Dashiell of Hope Healthcare were responsible for putting together lunches for Lee County’s first responders, greeting them as they arrived and thanking them for their contributions to the local community.

“Having an event like this is meaningful to the entire healthcare community,” said Ryan Keller, executive director of The Preserve. “Providing a meal for our first responders while they are on the road is just a small way to thank them for all that they do for us, our residents and our community.”

During the event, approximately a dozen first responders came through The Preserve’s main entrance in their vehicles to learn about why The Preserve, Hope Healthcare and were hosting the barbeque; they each received a bagged lunch before leaving, and many took a few meals back to their fellow first responders who were busy with calls that day. After the event, the host organizations delivered lunches to Fire Chief Gene Rogers and several firefighters of South Trail Fire & Rescue.

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About The Preserve

Located at 14750 Hope Center Loop, at the corner of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Plantation Road, The Preserve offers 75 private skilled nursing suites for senior residents with specialized or advanced health care needs, as well as 21 boutique assisted living apartments and 17 memory support suites. The community serves as a critical resource for post-acute care, offering high-quality medical services, outpatient services, rehabilitative care and social programs. Highly trained staff members and licensed professionals provide continuous medical support and foster a culture of caring and hospitality, creating specialized programs focused on rehabilitative and restorative care. For more information, visit

About Volunteers of America National Services

The Preserve is a Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS) community. VOANS is a nonprofit, mission-based organization dedicated to helping those in need to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, VOANS’s ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America National Services helps almost 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. For more information about Volunteers of America National Services, visit
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