Firefighters rally for Ireland Nugent - FOX 13 News

Firefighters rally for Ireland Nugent

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PALM HARBOR (FOX 13) -

When tragedy struck for little Ireland Nugent back in April they were the first ones there.

Sunday, the men and woman of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue were there for the Nugent family again, this time organizing a fundraiser for the three year old little girl.

This has been a very special event," said Ireland's dad Jerry Nugent.

Ireland has come a long way since that April day when she was accidentally run over by a lawnmower, losing both of her feet.

"She's doing great, she's an amazing little girl. She takes her bumps and she comes back and keeps fighting and still smiles through everything," said Ireland.

Sunday's fundraiser, held at O'Keefe's Family Tavern in Clearwater, was a way for those first responders to help in her recovery.

"We have had over $20,000 worth of donations from community businesses," said event organizer Pat Scanlon. "We're also celebrating her success with recovery."

There was a live and silent auction and live music to keep the crowd entertained.

While this fundraiser was called "Firefighters for Ireland" and organized by firefighters, they chose to deflect the credit.

"This is firefighter for Ireland but it was the community that came forward and made it successful," said Scanlon.

The Nugent family say they feel blessed for days like this.

"No words can really express the gratitude we have for what they've done for our family and what they do for the community everyday," said Nugent.

Sunday was just another example of the community coming together working hard to turn tragedy into triumph.

"She's going to grow up to be a healthy young lady and we're very happy for that," said Scanlon.

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