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Deborah “Debbie” Biggar

Deborah "Debbie" Biggar completed her nursing degree graduating with honors from Edison College in Florida in May 2007.  Debbie was formerly the sheriff of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Joan McColgan of Philadelphia and Joseph McDonald, the great-granddaughter of Mary Jane Tinneny of Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia, and the great-great granddaughter of Yankee Pat Tinneny of Goladuff, Co. Fermanagh Ireland, Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia. Following is an extract of an article that appeared in the Naples Daily News concerning Debbie’s graduation:

“Deborah Biggar of Fort Myers had no intention of harboring regrets. That’s why the 49-year-old finally realized a lifelong dream Friday evening (May 4, 2007) when she graduated with Honors from Edison College with a 3.96 GPA. She has now realized her dream and is a registered nurse.  She already has a job lined up with the trauma and medical surgery unit at Lee Memorial Health System.   Her son, Nick Hoover, 26, also is a registered nurse and a Penn State Graduate. “He flew down from Pennsylvania to surprise me,” Biggar said.  Biggar used to work in law enforcement as the Sheriff of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania and as Director of Sullivan County Victim Services she counseled victims of rape and sexual assault. When she made the decision to go to nursing school, it was a big step, she said. I was a shoulder to lean on,” Hoover said. “I know how hard it is to go through. She’ll be a great nurse.” Deborah is the daughter of Joan and Joseph McDonald of Dushore, Pennsylvania."