Vanessa Echols Day: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings presents proclamation

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings proclaimed May 24 Vanessa Echols Day in the county.

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Demings presented the proclamation to Echols during the Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

Echols will retire Friday after 30 years at WFTV Channel 9 and 40 years in the broadcast journalism industry.

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“During the three decades or so that Vanessa has been in the community, she has really been part of this community,” Demings said during the presentation.

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Echols delivered remarks upon receiving the proclamation.

“I’ve always believed that when you are a journalist and when you move to a town, you don’t just cover the news, you become a part of the community,” she said. “And that’s what I have tried to do for the past 30 years. And so I think this proclamation just lets me know that you think that I tried to do a good job at that.”

Demings’ wife, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, also offered Echols congratulations on her retirement.

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“Some people -- they can work on a job for a long time and leave and not even know what they’ve done,” she said. “But you have truly made a difference, and you have so much to be proud of.”

Last week, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer visited the WFTV Channel 9 set to proclaim May 27 Vanessa Echols Day in the city of Orlando.

“I can’t think of this news community without you,” he said.

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