This month a lot of elected positions here in Miami-Dade County will be decided. Most of them Judges, State Representatives and even our Mayor. I cannot stress enough the importance of everyone getting involved in the election, and voting. Sadly, this simple task all to often is not accomplished. We hear many excuses such as: "My vote would not have made a difference," "I was too busy," or one of my personal favorites, "I didn't know there was an election." Then we get to hear, "How did this person get elected?" A simple answer to that is "apathy." For those of you that do not know what apathy means, Webster's Dictionary defines apathy as "a lack of interest in, or concern for things others find moving or exciting." So let’s all make a pledge this month to get off our butts and VOTE.
Voting cannot be made any easier than it is right now. You can go online to www.miamidade.gov/elections, and register to vote, it’s free. If you're already registered, you can request an absentee ballot be mailed to your home, where you can vote from the comfort of your own home. You can also early vote at various locations throughout the County. My least favorite way to vote is waiting for election day, the reason being a lot of things can happen on election day, such as a "flat tire," "not feeling well" or my personal favorite, "I forgot." So please take the time to read this edition of "HEAT." A lot of effort was put into screening candidates to assist you in making an intelligent decision. After you’re done voting, be sure your family, friends and neighbors have as well.
If anyone needs a ride to the polls, feel free to email me at Steadman@dcpba.org, message me on Facebook or call the PBA at (305) 593-0044. I will come pick you up and drive you to the polls. Remember, elections have consequences! I will leave you with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. “Elections belong to the people - it's their decision, if they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters." I could not have said it better.
Congratulations to the recent graduates of the MDPD Rapid Deployment Force. This class was made up of multiple officers from across the state including Collier and Broward counties, and Sunny Isles. The training was extensive and grueling. Their graduation was held at MDPD headquarters where proud family, friends and co-workers attended to show their support.
Recently International Police Association Region 43 (IPA) along with the PBA, welcomed fifty-five police officers and their families from Spain. They were extremely appreciative to the hospitality shown. IPA President Jerry Rudoff, retired MDPD Officer and IPA member Eddie Hurtado, together with other members of Region 43, prepared and served a fabulous lunch for our visiting brothers and sisters from Spain. For those of you who are not familiar with the IPA, it is the International Police Association, an independent body whose members include police officers, whether on active duty or retired, without distinction of rank, sex, race, color, language or religion. Its purpose is to create bonds of friendship and to promote international cooperation. They’re a great group. Once again, their local charter is the International Police Association Region 43. You can like them on Facebook. If you do, or plan to do, any traveling, it's a great organization to join. You can contact the PBA for membership information.
I can't stress the importance, regardless of the agency you are with, to make sure you have a current Will, Living Will, and Power of Attorney. This is a service we provide for free to our members. When tragedy strikes, the last thing your family should have to deal with is knowing what your wishes were. We here at the PBA see it time and time again, something as simple as having a Will, is not done. The burden then shifts to the those who are left behind to deal with. If you already have a Will, "thank you" on behalf of your loved ones, but please make sure it's current and the people listed are the ones you want to make the decisions regarding your estate.
Also, please make sure your emergency contact information is current and complete, and the information is NOT your cell number, but that of the person you wish to be contacted in case of an emergency. Your cell number does them no good.
See you next month. Stay safe and PLEASE VOTE!!!
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