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Jocelin Tabacco's mission to "spreads random acts of kindness like wildfire" and pay her respects to those who died in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 took her through Portage County this week.
Walking across the country from California to Washington D.C., the California woman is visiting fire stations and emergency workers throughout the United States.
The 40-year-old from Modesto, Calif., started her walk on Aug. 23 last year, and spent four months traveling the U.S. on foot, she said.
The second leg of her trip started May 6 in Dowagiac, Mich., and brought her to Rootstown on Monday night. There, she stayed over with the Rootstown Fire Department at their station at Tallmadge Road and S.R. 44.
On Wednesday morning, she got a firsthand look at how Portage County firefighters work when she joined a Rootstown crew responding to a garage fire in Edinburg.
Tabacco plans to continue on into Pennsylvania and stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. After that, it is on to New York City and the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan and then to the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Video and photos of her journey can be found at Born2BeAlive.com. Tabacco created her website "to give our 9/11 fallen a voice," she said, and to spread love and kindness throughout the nation. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to create a non-profit organization that spreads kindness "just like we saw after 9/11."