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Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony

It is with great sadness to announce that our Annual Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for May 7, 2020, has been canceled. The decision was difficult, however the health and safety of our survivors, law enforcement officers and their families is most important. We are thinking of different alternatives to honor our fallen Officers. We will keep you posted with any changes.

By : P.O.A.T. /March 25, 2020 /Events, Uncategorized /Comments Off on Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony Read More

March 2020

Our first Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run was a great success. Thank you to Bomnin Chevrolet for your generosity. 

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has been postponed until futher notice.

Save the Date for our Annual Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing, will be held at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club on April 22, 2020. Golfers throughout South Florida will be teeing up for a chance to assist Miami-Dade County fallen officers’ families. Come help support your law enforcement community as you enjoy an extraordinary day of golf at this exceptional and restricted venue. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776 for futher information.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer seven scholarships this year. The following $2000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)

Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship

Christopher W. Todd Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

Chuck Duncan Determination Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $2000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /March 02, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on March 2020 Read More

February 2020

The Homerun for Heroes Kickball Tournament Was a huge success thanks to all of those who volunteered their time. Great times were had by all and memories made. Thank you for a wonderful turnout and for all the support. The next tournament will be held January 15-16, 2021. The final standings for 2020 were:

1st   Straight Kickin’ it – Miami Police Department (three years in a row)

2nd   Midwest Malangas – Miami-Dade Police Department (Midwest District)

3rd  Big Ballerz – Doral Police Department  

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the beautiful Tropical Park, hosted by Bomnin Chevrolet.  Proceeds benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT).  Come out and join us for this fun-filled family day.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate. Online registration is now available at poatoffice@msn.com

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer seven scholarships this year. The following $2000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)

Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship

Christopher W. Todd Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

Chuck Duncan Determination Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $2000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /February 01, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on February 2020 Read More

January 2020

The Staff and Board of Directors of the POAT would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

The Homeruns for Heroes Sixth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. Come out and support your favorite team during some friendly competition.  There will be food and beverages sold.  Opening ceremonies and games commence on Friday at 6 p.m.  Continuing games will start Saturday at 9 a.m.  A great time to be had by all!

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the beautiful Tropical Park, hosted by Bomnin Chevrolet.  Proceeds benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT).  Come out and join us for this fun-filled family day.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate.

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to work one of the donation tables at the malls this holiday season.  The joy our efforts bring to the children of our fallen brothers and sisters is huge, and all of the volunteers who helped raise funds for this meaningful program should take great pride in a job well done.  On behalf of all of the surviving children, “Thank You!”

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /January 02, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on January 2020 Read More

October 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the 9/11 Ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park. This ceremony was in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The ceremony was well attended and a tribute to all of the heroes that perished on September 11, 2001. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning and implementation of the beautiful ceremony.

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts begin on Friday, November 29, 2019. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:
 
Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or 954-299-9601 or email bschnell@sibfl.net
 
Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com
 
The Falls – Mr. David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org
 
International Mall – Captain Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com
 
This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 58 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 29, 2019, and will be set-up through December 24, 2019.

The “Cops Ride for Kids” Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride will begin at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street.  Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  Online registration will be available at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at poatoffice@msn.com.com for details.

Seventh Annual “Homerun for Heroes” Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 17-18, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79th Street. . If interested in forming a team, contact Captain Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $320, team t-shirts are included. Deadline for team registration is December 2, 2019.


When doing your holiday shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount donated to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering Police Officer Assistance Trust as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.com.  Every little bit helps!  Sign-up today.

If anyone is interested in assisting during the course of the year in the maintenance of the Law Enforcement Memorial grounds, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or www.poatoffice@msn.com to be placed on a rotational contact list. Your participation is greatly appreciated. 

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /October 01, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on October 2019 Read More

September 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Annual 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. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved. 
It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.
Save the Date! More details to follow on our October post.
Seventh Annual “Homerun for Heroes” Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 17-18, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79th Street. . If interested in forming a team, contact Captain Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $320, team t-shirts are included. Deadline for team registration is December 2, 2019.
By : P.O.A.T. /September 05, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on September 2019 Read More

August 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Annual 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. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved. 
It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.
By : P.O.A.T. /July 31, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on August 2019 Read More

July 2019


Happy 4th of July from the POAT Board of Directors and Staff

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Annual 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. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved. 
It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.


Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
By : P.O.A.T. /July 03, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on July 2019 Read More

May 2019

The POAT Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club.  More than 120 golfers teed up to assist Miami-Dade County’s fallen officers’ families.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019. All Miami-Dade County law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895, are honored at this ceremony.  It is our duty to honor the memory of those officers who have died protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  If you have never been to this ceremony, you owe it to yourself to attend. This year, four names will be added to the wall: Florida Corrections Officer Tawanna Marin, struck and killed by a vehicle while supervising an inmate work crew; Florida Corrections Sergeant Jorge Ramos, died after collapsing during a statewide Correctional Emergency Response Team competition; Miami Beach Sergeant Larry Marrero, suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his department’s physical fitness program at police headquarters; Miami-Dade Police Officer Jermaine Brown, killed in an ATV crash while conducting an enforcement detail. Click here to see a livestream broadcast of the ceremony on the day of the event. Broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /April 30, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on May 2019 Read More