TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lisa Noland, the 34th Lightning Community Hero of the season, during the first period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets. Noland, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Mary Lee's House, Lynn Sowers Foundation and National Canine Cancer Foundation.
Tonight's Lightning Community Hero has had a courageous journey, and has used every step along the way to facilitate her purpose of advocating for others in harmful situations. As a teen, Noland was once abducted coming home from work. She managed to influence her captor to release her. Once released, she reported the incident to law enforcement, which led to the arrest and prosecution of her captor, a revealed serial murderer linked to at least ten murders.
This horrific situation directed her to a vocation in law enforcement, so that she can bring about peace and justice just as law enforcement did for her. Noland is currently working in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. She is an advocate for the welfare of children and those living in abusive situations, conducting presentations to empower those in these circumstances.