By Steadman Stahl,
Executive Vice President
Now that school is back in session, we all get to spend more time in traffic. I hope everyone had a good summer with their families, and was able to take some time off and spend it with their loved ones. I spoke to a few folks who said they were able to remove a few things from their bucket list this summer doing activies that ranged from shark feeding dives, to skydiving or just watching a beautiful breathtaking sunset from their room on St. John Island. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us smile.
Speaking of diving, last month was the annual lobster two day mini-season. I've been hearing mixed reports from people, who said they did well, and some who said they did not do so well this year. One of those who did do well was Jordan Interian, the son of PBA Board of Director Jorge Interian. As you can see from the photos, Jordan found the right hiding spot of those lobsters. Great job Jordan! On a side note both of the Interian kids became certified scuba divers this summer Jordan, who is 14, and Jenna who is 12.
Mark your calendar for December 11-13, for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball and Celebrity Tournament at Tropical Park. This is one of those events that everyone should attend and show their support. Come out, bring your kids & family members to meet and watch some of the County’s finest heroes. The following is just a little bit about the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans, service members and their families, who incur a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died, including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military, following these types of tragic events.
Surviving the battlefield
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
WWAST (Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team), represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These young extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they comprise the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM. As you can see, this is a great group and we look forward to working with them in the future. Hope to see you all there, stay tuned for more on this event and others coming soon.
Congratulations to 70 Miami Dade Police Officers on their recent promotions ceremony that took place at FIU last month. Hats off to the MDPD County Public Information Office who put together this event, they did a great job from checking in everyone, to making sure everything ran smoothly, which it did.
The great Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat basketball team stopped by the Southland Mall to meet and greet his fans. He said he is a big fan of law enforcement, and took the time to sign a few basketballs for the PBA and POAT. In the photo at left is PBA Treasurer and MDPD Officer, Mary Ann Stahl, (my sister) and MDPD Officer Eric Brown. Now let’s bring home the trophy!!
We lost another great man, former MDPD Director Robert "Bobby" Parker passed away in July. Bobby always made you feel special. He would take the time to ask simple questions like, “How is your family doing?” or “How are you doing?” There was always a bright smile on his face, he touched many people and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. RIP my friend.
See you next month. Stay safe.