Groups step up to help local first responder

The Sioux Falls Firefighters Association along with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Minnehaha County Deputies Association teamed up to help one of their own.

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The group presented checks to 911 dispatcher Adam Hutchisson to help with a purchase of a van.

Hutchisson had an aggressive form of brain cancer that left him unable to work.

The family vehicle broke down leaving them without a reliable option to get to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

For Sioux Falls firefighter Mark Olson it became a mission to make sure the family received that new van.

"I'd ask her, is there anything we can help you with? And she said, 'maybe a new vehicle.' And she was joking but in reality I made it my mission, I knew that we wanted to help them out. Make sure they felt comfortable. Their current vehicle was leaking water in the roof and had a transmission that could go out at any moment, so there was no way they were going to be able to take it and feel safe driving to and from four hours to their medical appointments." said Sioux Falls firefighter Mark Olson.

Olson says it was easy to get the groups together because they know how valuable dispatchers are from being the first responder to making sure teams are in a safe place.