July 2014

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

The winners of the POAT scholarships were presented at the June POAT board meeting.  We would like to congratulate the recipients: 
Mike Byrd Scholarship – Savannah Daniels – Serfin Daniels, Hialeah PD
Roger Castillo Scholarship – Peter Estis – Pete Estis,  Miami-Dade PD
Amanda Haworth Scholarship – Larissa Jo Corbin  – Larry Corbin, South Miami PD
Paul Janosky Art Scholarship – Tamara Walker – Eddie Walker, Miami-Dade Corrections
Paul Janosky Criminal Justice Scholarship – Taylor Rae Schmidinger – Jeffrey Schmidinger,  Miami-Dade PD
Chris Todd Scholarship – Jason Wilkotz – Lawrence Wilkotz, Miami-Dade PD

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 9:30 a.m. The POAT sponsors this ceremony every year in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. This ceremony is to remember and honor our country’s heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attack on our nation. It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

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 POAT assistance testimonial from Sgt. Doug Peacock: 
I was recently asked if I would mind if the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) used a testimonial I wrote in 2007 on their new web page.  Of course I did not hesitate to say yes but first, I wanted to read it again and see if it needed updating.
After reading it the first thing that struck me is it’s hard to believe six years has gone by.  But it got me to thinking; it’s been fifteen years since my wife’s accident (January 28, 1998).  When I wrote the testimonial in 2007 my daughter was eight and my son was three.  POAT had assisted us by providing child care after my wife had a major back surgery in which two of her lumbar vertebrae and her number one sacral vertebrae were fused.  The recovery was nine months and I could neither afford to take that much time off nor could I afford to pay for child care for that long a period.  POAT provided funding for child care for us and I swore I’d do whatever I could do to help the organization in an attempt to show my eternal gratitude.
Again, that was six years ago.   My daughter is now fourteen and a freshman in high school and my son is nine and in fourth grade.  My wife’s recovery was successful and to date she has been doing much better.   I volunteer whenever I can to assist in the numerous events that POAT either is a part of or sponsors.  I always thought that POAT was a great organization but just that, an organization.  They were a group of people that were just doing a job.  But I’ve learned from dealing with the people that run the organization that they are truly genuine and they truly care about their brethren and for the families of the fallen.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support they provide and the tireless efforts of the folks that are the face of the organization.  I will continue to volunteer in a meager effort to try to show my eternal gratitude as mere words of thanks would never suffice.  And I will continue to be amazed at how much this organization does for people and for how much they genuinely care about serving those who serve.  It was a blessing to have their aid in my time of need and it is an honor to do whatever I can to further their mission.  I only wish I could do more.
Thank you for your support and stay safe,
Sergeant Douglas Peacock-Miami-Dade Police Department

 

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