The woman said not a word when she handed a sleeping baby to a complete stranger at a Florida fire station.
Fire Chief Dan Miller, then a lieutenant, had earlier received a phone call from a female saying she was a bringing a 1-day-old to the fire house.
She was true to her word. The woman gave "me a baby carriage and inside was Colleen, sleeping," Miller said at recent ceremony bestowing the child’s name to his station’s new rig.
Smiling shyly, the 10-year-old girl looked up at the man who had once held her tiny life in his hands.
"I was nervous," Miller said at last week’s christening. "But I had a bouquet of flowers for her. We talked a little bit and then she got to see the fire truck and tour the station."
His first words to her? "Long time no see," he said, laughing.
Baby Colleen was dropped at the station in regard to Florida's "Safe Haven" law, meaning there is no legal penalty for leaving a healthy infant at a church, hospital or fire station, as long as the baby has not been abused.
Colleen was adopted by a Lake County couple. They accompanied their daughter to last week’s gathering and asked that their last name not be used to protect the family’s privacy.
"Even though it’s been almost 11 years, to think they thought unanimously that it was how they should name the truck... you never know if people are remembering her and they really did," her mom said of the decision by fire officials to name their new truck after her daughter.
Miller remembers every detail of his encounter with the woman who presented him with a very young Colleen.
"She didn’t say anything, didn’t make any eye contact. I briefly asked if there was anything I needed to know and she just walked away," he recounted.