Operation Fire Cuffs Brings Cheer to Children at UVM Medical Center


Santa has arrived early at UVM Medical Center. Vermont agencies teamed up for Operation Fire Cuffs to deliver toys for boys and girls in the region.

December is Santa’s busiest time of the year. But that didn’t stop him from spreading his famous holiday cheer and that jolly laugh, at the University of Vermont Medical Center.


“Trucks parked out there full of toys and we’re waiting to unload them,” said VSP Trooper, Christian Hunt.

Santa, along with his team of police and and first responders, delivered hundreds of toys to kids of all ages.

This is the 6th year of Operation Fire Cuffs. It started with just three agencies.

“It’s grown from the Vermont State Police and Morristown PD to now there’s probably closer to 10 law enforcement agencies that are involved,” says Trooper Hunt.

He says the tradition brings smiles to the entire family.

Santa being here I think the kids feel much much better, it lifts their spirits,” says Jessica Fenton of Lewis NY. Her daughter is a patient at UVM Medical Center.

Some kids were already in the Christmas spirit. 4-year-old Cam was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.

“He was two at the time and they’ve been treating him hear ever since,” said his father Chris Laramie.

Cam’s father Chris says while his son has his ups and downs when it comes to treatment, days like this help lift him up.

“You know making his day a little brighter, you know a gift from the Reserve or donations from the Operation Fire Cuffs.”

Hunt says at the end of the day, Operation Fire Cuffs is just as much about delivering gifts as it is about creating memories.

“Especially this time of year where everyone should be with their family, having a good time especially if you’re a child.”


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