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Austin Duran's legacy lives on

Fallen firefighter honored with Service Hero street sign


Austin Duran taught Apopka a lot in his short career as a firefighter and inspired us beyond all expectations in his tragic death. His dedication and sacrifice left a lasting impact.

Duran's commitment to service and his death in the line of duty led to the decision to name a street in his honor, recognizing his contributions and the ultimate price he paid. Fifth Street in Apopka was formally dedicated to Duran and his family.

Many from the community, along with fellow firefighters, joined Dr. Phyllis Olmstead, the event organizer and members of the VFW, to present the honor to the Duran family -Austin’s mother, Gail, his father, Michael, and his sister, Sierra.

With posthumous recognition as the 2022 Firefighter of the Year by the Apopka Fire Department, Duran's exceptional qualities and dedication showcase the respect and admiration he garnered from his colleagues and the community. The decision to name a street after Austin Duran is a further testament to his unwavering commitment to serving others, ensuring that his memory lives on in the heart of Apopka for generations to come.

The street dedication event on March 9th was a symbolic gesture and a tangible display of gratitude and remembrance of Duran's service and sacrifice. It serves as a poignant reminder of the risks that first responders undertake daily to ensure the safety and well-being of their community. The event is a reflection of the unity and support within the Apopka community, coming together to honor a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Commissioner Diane Velazquez expressed her profound appreciation for Duran's sacrifice on social media.

"Firefighter Austin Duran's life & legacy … NEVER Forgotten. Forever in our hearts."

Austin's father, Michael Duran, also appreciated the community's outpouring of support.

"From my family to Apopka residents and firefighters, near and far, thank you so much for your love and support for our son, FF Austin Duran."

The turnout was incredible," said Olmstead. "It was a beautiful day."
About the 2650 Foundation:

The 2650 Foundation was formed in honor of Fallen Firefighter Austin Duran by his family, friends, and fellow firefighters. Austin identified shortcomings in the training and leadership he was afforded and envisioned better possibilities. Our mission is to build upon Austin’s enduring legacy by providing and promoting training, education, and mentorship opportunities for first responders, breathing life into his aspirations.

For more information or to donate to the foundation, go here.

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  • MDuran

    Thank you Apopka Voice for sharing. Thank you Dr. O for your dedication and commitment on getting this done. And a very special thank you to the Apopka residents that came out #AustinStrong. You have shown Austin and his family so much love and support. Our family is forever grateful to all of your families.

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