Another fabulous job last month by the POAT and their volunteers, at the Tropical Park Police Memorial. The event was extremely moving, and as always, it was difficult to find a dry eye in the crowd. We could not have asked for better weather or turnout for the service. The PBA would like to send a big thank you to Miami-Dade County Commissioners Rebecca Sosa and Jose “Pepe” Diaz who have always been huge supporters of public safety, and always make time in their busy schedules, to attend this moving ceremony.
Another tradition POAT has started is Project HERO (Honoring Every Resting Officer) by placing a metal stake with a police badge that holds a thin blue line flag at the gravesite of every officer who has been killed in the line of duty.
Metro-Dade Police Department had 138 officers which were honored on April 29th. It’s a daunting task, but one that must be done in memory of our fallen heroes. Officers from various counties around the state, and officers from other states travel, and donate their time to make sure every grave is marked with the dignified thin blue line flag, regardless of where the grave is located. I personally have spoken to several family members of these fallen heroes, and they can’t began to thank all of those involved enough for remembering their loved ones with this act of kindness. We here at the PBA would also like to thank everyone involved for their kindness, it does not go unnoticed. Thank you!
The PBA has been working with the National Association of Police Organization (NAPO) on the Fallen Heroes Flag Act. NAPO logged another victory in the books with the passage of the Fallen Heroes Flag Act by unanimous consent in the Senate on April 19th. This bill, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), would allow members of Congress to honor a deceased public safety officer who died in the line of duty by providing to the family, at their request, a Capitol-flown flag. The flag would be accompanied by a certificate expressing a message of sympathy signed by either the Speaker of the House or Senate Majority Leader and the Senator or Representative providing the flag. This will give members of Congress a way to recognize these brave individuals for their heroism, and extend a gesture of sympathy and gratitude to the immediate family.
The Fallen Heroes Flag Act, sponsored in the House by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), originally passed the House in May 2015, but the bill had to be amended in the Senate to accommodate Senators who wanted to participate in this program. The bill will now head back to the House for a final vote of approval. We expect the House to vote on this bill within the next few weeks. another great job by NAPO.
Last month, the Dade County School Board Police Explorers held their pinning ceremony. This event was held at the PBA they had a great turn out, with some very proud parents. The PBA would like to congratulate all of those involved for their achievements. Keep up the good work!!!
See you next month. Stay safe!