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  • The Pres Says - May 2018
    Updated On: May 07, 2018
    STEADMAN STAHL, PBA President

    May is here, which means National Police Week is also upon us. As we prepare to enter this month I hope you all take some time to reflect on the officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly at the time of the writing of this article we have already lost 25 law enforcement officers from across the country in 2018. Last month we had the privilege of watching the multi-agency Honor Guard practicing for the upcoming police memorials going on throughout the State of Florida, Dade County and our Nations Capital. While watching the practicing drills its was refreshing for me on a personal note to see all the different agencies working together for a common  cause and goal. I know the family and loved ones appreciate the hard work that goes into the training, to make for some very difficult and tragic times a little bit easier. Their hard work in the grueling heat does not go unnoticed and the men and women should be proud. As I have said in the past and I will say it again - I hope that everyone attends the Police Memorial, which will be held at Tropical Park on May 3rd. A lot of time and effort goes into  this ceremony which was created to pay respect to those who gave all. 

    Speaking of work that did not go unnoticed. The team work that went into the handling of an incredibly horrendous tragedy of the collapse of the FIU pedestrian crosswalk. The work of all the first responders involved did not go unnoticed. This tragic event brought the best out in all of our First Responders who took control of a horrific event. From the rescuing and rendering first aid, to the very difficult and time-consuming efforts of recovering the victims. There is a lot of things that we train for while in the academy, but the collapse of a 950-ton pedestrian bridge is not one of them. We here at the PBA would like to commend everyone involved in this tragic event. From the Communications Bureau, to the fire department and many police agencies such as the FIU Police Department, Sweetwater Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Police Department to name a few. We say thank you and we see you.

    As we enter the upcoming budget we hope that all of our elected officials stay focused on the priorities that will be effecting it's citizens that they represent. Public Safety must be the top priority of all the upcoming budgets regardless of the City, County or State. Robert Kennedy quote, “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”

    I would like to send out a personal “congratulations” to Natalie McMillan who received first place for the 5th grade class at St. Theresa’s in the D.A.R.E. writing essay. We here at the PBA salute you. Keep up the great work. 

    As I have said in the past and I will continue to say, please come by the PBA to have your Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will current and in place. The last thing your loved ones need to worry about during a difficult time is whether you have these items current and up-to-date. This is a service that our outstanding legal bureau provides to our members for free.

    See you next month and stay safe. 


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