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Apopka Christmas 2022

Win a ride with the Clydesdales!


Four months ago, we suffered an unspeakable loss within our Apopka Fire Department family. It has been four months since we laid our brother Austin Duran to rest. It has been four months since the Duran family was forced to face the unthinkable tragedy no family should ever have to endure. As we have all fought to regain some footing, it has always been The Duran’s and our greatest aspiration to ensure we honor Austin and the enormous impact his life has had on each and every one of us. Austin had a spirit that was simply infectious. His smile made you smile. No one was ever left the same once they met him. We want to continue spreading that love and joy within our community and beyond. 

To say that the Duran family has been the greatest advocate in ensuring his legacy continues is an understatement. Despite the enormity of what they have been faced with, they have fought and supported our department with unwavering and relentless determination. Much like how Austin always did.  

It is with great honor that we share with you that Austin’s father, Mike Duran, in cooperation with his employer, City Beverages, an Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler, the City of Apopka, and the Armando Borjas Jr Scholarship is proud to be bringing the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales to Apopka on December 2nd.

In an effort to share this great experience and bring our community together as we honor Austin’s legacy, we will be hosting a raffle for one individual to receive a chance to ride with the Clydesdales as they make their way to the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Kit Land Nelson Park. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Armando Borjas Jr Scholarship. 

Who: World-famous Budweiser Clydesdales come to Apopka on December 2nd to celebrate the legacy of Firefighter Austin Duran 

Where:  Kit Land Nelson Park 

 10 N Forest Ave, Apopka FL 32703

When: Budweiser Clydesdales 3-5 pm 

             Apopka Tree Lighting 6 pm 

Please note that you must be 21 years or older and have no physical limitations to ride on the hitch of the Clydesdales.

This drawing will be held on November 30th, and to register, please visit:


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