Sunday, December 9, 2018




Candy cane runs enjoyed by young and old

Kids greet Santa during the annual Putnam County candy cane run

CARMEL – The sounds of screaming sirens and blasting air horns permeated the Putnam County countryside Saturday when firefighters and EMS providers conducted their annual tradition — the Candy Cane Run.

Dozens of first responders traveled throughout neighborhoods in the county delivering the traditional holiday treats.

By day’s end, an amazing 32,125 candy canes had been distributed along with hundreds of dog treats for that special pooch.

Carmel Fire Chiefs Dave DiRienzo and Matt Lubera joined their firefighter brothers and sisters calling the day “special. The firefighters and their families enjoy this day as much as the recipients of the candy canes do. To see the looks on the children’s faces when Santa hands them a candy cane makes all the preparation well worth it!” said DiRienzo.

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