June 2014

June with Logo

“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly,
“one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
–  Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Father’s Day

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was a very moving event for all in attendance. Keynote speaker and Sunny Isles Chief Freddy Mass took us “behind the wall” to get a visual of what many of our fallen heroes could be doing on the “other side.” It got you thinking as he provided some insight into his personal knowledge of some of the brave officers that lost their lives serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County. Officer Debbie Castillo very eloquently explained some of the ebb and flows of emotions and moments she has experienced since her husband Roger Castillo was killed in the line of duty on January 20, 2011. She read passages from her sons, Anthony and Bryan, describing some of the fun times they remembered with their father and how they miss and love him. We would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and implementation of another memorable ceremony honoring all of our fallen heroes, as well as all of you who attended.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children was held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. There were over 500 bikers who enjoyed the ride to the Keys on a beautiful sunny day and supported a great cause. We would like to thank the motor units from all of the police departments that assist every year in ensuring this is a safe and successful event. Thank You!

Continue to remember POAT during your plea bargain negotiations.  If you have a defendant who requests to pay a fine in lieu of serving community service hours, you can request that the funds be sent to POAT.  Payment can be made in person, mailed to our office at 1030 NW 111th Avenue, Suite 232, Miami FL 33172 or paid online at www.poat.org.  What better way to support the families of fallen officers and those in critical need?

Here is a testimonial from Officer John Saavedra who was shot in 2012:

Police Officer Assistance Trust,

I would like to express my gratitude for the assistance that my family and I received during one of the most challenging moments in our lives. On July 31, 2012 I was involved in an on-duty incident in which I was shot several times while conducting a narcotics investigation. The extent of my injuries was severe and I was incapacitated.

The POAT immediately reached out to us, and kindly offered a helping hand. The loss of income as a result of my inability to return to work was an additional burden that family and were forced to face during my recovery. Fortunately, the assistance provided by the POAT helped relieve some of that burden, allowing my family and I to focus on more on our recovery and less on our financial situation.
Thanks again, and please continue to do what you do. The POAT does make a difference in people’s lives.

Officer John Saavedra

Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!

Donations are always welcome, any time of year.  If you would like to make a one-time or recurring donation please click here.
Thanks for your support and stay safe.
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