Join us on May 12th – Special Operation: Female First Responders
Come out to the North Collier Fire Rescue from 8:00 am – 10:00 am on Saturday, May 12th to learn what it is like on the front line as female first responders are called to duty, protecting and serving our community as deputies, detectives, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.
Featuring special presentations from: Lt. Rebecca Gonzalez & Meagan Kitchenhoff
Leadership is Responding, not Reacting. This program will give young women in middle school and high school the opportunity to speak to female first responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Technicians. They will learn what it takes to be a first responder, and get hands-on opportunities to work with the ladies on the frontlines.
North Naples Fire Department
1885 Veterans Park Drive Naples, FL 34105
For questions email [email protected]
About the Speakers
Lt. Rebecca Gonzalez a 21-year veteran with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and is both certified as a Florida Corrections Deputy and a Law Enforcement Officer. She started her career in 1994 as a Correctional Deputy for the Naples Jail Center and has worked in the Communications Division as a Dispatcher, Road Patrol as a Deputy and then made it the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective. There she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 and is now a Lieutenant for the Community Engagement Division in the Preventative Services Bureau.
She is a GAIN graduate and former GAIN Chair for classes 2012 & 2013. She currently holds an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Administration.
Above all, she is a proud wife to her husband who is also a Law Enforcement Lieutenant and she is also a mother of three; ages: 15, 18, and 23.
Cpl. Meagan Kitchenhoff was born and raised in an area just outside of Flint, Michigan. She moved to Florida in 2007 after graduating high school. She joined the Corrections Academy in 2009 when she was just nineteen years old. The idea of working Corrections was introduced to her after speaking with a school resource officer in Hendry County who informed her that the field of Corrections would be a great building block for a career in Law Enforcement. She was employed with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office from 2009-2013 and it was then that she became dual-certified by putting herself through the Law Enforcement Academy. In 2013, I joined Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Road Patrol Deputy.
She had worked in various assignments that include Patrol, an Emergency Response Team member, a Gang Liaison, a Community Orientated Policing Liaison, and a Field Trainer for new recruits. She is currently seeking to advance her career by testing for the upcoming Sergeants Exam that will take place in May. Later this year, she will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from FSW.
On a personal note, when she is not working or attending college classes, she loves traveling to new places. When she is home, she loves attending church and spending time with family and friends.