Pasco firefighter needs your vote to win national award

Pasco Firefighter needs your vote to win a national award, only a few days left to vote.

In May, Stephanie Sorensen was one of 26 nominees for Step Up and Step Out’s national contest to name the top volunteer firefighter in the nation. The honor was nice. Now, winning would be nicer.

“I’m very humbled to know that people were humbled by my story especially the news report you did last time, people were very humbled by that,” she said Tuesday afternoon at Station 28 in Pasco county. “That made me feel good to know that I made that kind of impact on people.”

She is not a top-5 finalist for the award, which would bring grant money for training to her station and would send her and a guest to the Country Music Awards in Nashville this November.

The who purpose of the contest is to raise awareness for the need to have volunteer firefighters in communities. Her message is already getting across.

“I even got my first fan letter from a 14-year old girl over in Ohio saying that I inspired her for being a female firefighter,” she said with a smile. “I want to be there when people are having the most traumatic experience of their life and be that glimmer of hope.”

Voting ends Friday. You can vote for Stephanie online once per day per IP address.

“I think you should vote for me because if they listen to my video I really have a compelling story and my reasons for doing this is I do want to make a positive impact on my community and get out there and help people. I’m not in it for myself. I am in it for everyone else and really trying to make a difference.”


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