Community hosts unified motorcycle ride for North Port firefighters

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NORTH PORT, Fla. - The Southwest Florida community hosted a benefit unified ride for North Port Firefighter Christina Doyle and in memory of North Port Fire Rescue Lt. Jeffrey Newland.

"The North Port Firefighter's suffered a great loss in the family when Lt. Newland past away. That family is also impacted as one of its own members - Christina Doyle - battles for her life," said Kristy Halvorsen, president of the North Port Firefighter Benevolent Association. "We hope that the community will join us for the ride and help us help the families of both of our members."

North Port Firefighter Christina Doyle, 35, is currently battling leukemia. Doyle is a member of the North Port Honor Guard, North Port Benevolent Association and, in January 2013, was named the City of North Port's Firefighter of the Year for 2012. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia on March 31, 2014. Funds will help pay for her medical expenses and any other costs associated with her recovery.

Lieutenant Jeffrey B. Newland, a Firefighter/Paramedic with North Port Fire Rescue suffered a cardiac event on April 23, 2014 and passed away on April 30, 2014. Lt. Newland, age 50, had been with North Port Fire Rescue for more than 14 years and had retired after a 20 year career with the US Navy and Navy Reserves. Most recently, Lt. Newland was the "A" Shift station officer at Fire Station 82 on North Port Boulevard. He was a skilled officer and paramedic who enjoyed an excellent reputation for both his customer service and his leadership in the field. Lt. Newland was the proud father of a six year old son, Clayton, and a seventeen year old step son, Colton. He is also survived by his significant other.