November 8th is our last chance to remind Carlos Gimenez of our disapproval for how he treats law
enforcement. It’s our last chance to put someone who cares about law enforcement into the Mayor’s office. Not voting is a vote for Gimenez. Please make the small effort it takes to go and vote for Raquel Regalado, #92. If you don’t care for the presidential candidates, or others, then go and vote only for #92 and leave. But, vote! Many of you ask what you can do to help. You can vote!
The tragic loss of Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, along with Emilio Macias (son of MDPD Detective, Emilio Macias), and Eduardo Rivero might be somewhat old news by now and probably most stories have been told and as the investigation unfolds, maybe more will be shared. Not only was it a tragic loss because a superstar athlete passed, but three lives were lost. Neither fame, nor fortune had a different outcome. It serves as a reminder of how fragile and precious life is.
I’d like to touch on our brother/sisterhood. At the cemetery, Emilio Sr. spoke about his heartfelt appreciation for the support and love he has received from everyone, but gave a special recognition to his police family. This is where I’d like to focus. As fast paced as our lives are, and the different directions it takes us, we take for granted the brother/sisterhood that exists within our ranks. Yes, at times we act like we are the opposite of that description but inevitably, when tragedy strikes, we go into automatic mode and a bond emerges the likes of very few other professions. When Emilio spoke of how fantastic the support and love was and how it helped his entire family through these difficult times, he emphasized the meaning of brother/sisterhood. Never take that comraderie for granted. Jose Fernandez would always say that those of us born in freedom don’t really understand freedom and it is so true. We take our freedoms, our families, friends, and loyalty for granted.
I want to thank each and every person that is part of this brother/sisterhood. Thank you to those who do something to help a fellow officer, no matter the issue. Whether it’s joining in on a fundraiser washing cars, or supporting our own in any way, it displays what is means to be a true brother or sister, without having to be related by blood. Those special qualities, no matter how much criticism
is thrown our way, separate us from the rest of the population.
Our deepest condolences go out to the affected families, the community, and the Marlins organization for their loss. RIP: Emilio Macias Jr., and his friends, Eddy Rivero, and Jose Fernandez.
Record breaking class
Recently, 139 brilliant and wonderful people joined our ranks with the graduation of four academy classes. They are a welcomed sight and sorely needed to increase the historically low numbers the department has suffered under Carlos Gimenez. I wish to congratulate each of you! Welcome aboard.
What a difference an election makes! Just a short two years ago, Carlos Gimenez was trying to lay off twice the amount of these four classes. In all his years of service, Gimenez only began attending these graduations when he had a challenger. Hell, he even manipulated the four classes to graduate the same day, so he could use it as a campaign tool. For him there’s plenty of money in the budget. Maybe, the answer is to have elections every year; then maybe we could have a fully staffed police department. Probably the funniest thing at the ceremony was when Gimenez asked the class to stand up. After being asked twice and not responding Gimenez said, “I am still the Sheriff, you know.” Then they stood reluctantly.
Regardless of Gimenez’ wrongful intents and misgivings, we should not let him overshadow this
special day for the 139 brave police officers who are beginning their dream careers. I wish them the very best and pray for them, for they are entering a world full of danger and a profession that is changing for the worse. We will depend on them to keep us safe. For me personally, after seeing the classes, I know we are in good hands. Congratulations!
St. Michael’s Day Mass
The PBA 14th Annual Feast Day Celebration of St. Michael was a huge success. In many parts of the country this mass is also referred to as a “Blue Mass.” Attendance was astonishing as the pews were packed. The service was moving and touched everyone who attended. We had the honor of having Archbishop Thomas Wenski as the celebrant. We need to give special thanks to the magnificent multi-agency honor guard, the elected officials, the multitude of Police Chiefs who attended from across the county, and all those who took the time to honor law enforcement sacrifices. Also in attendance were several members from the Broward Sheriff’s Office who want to start their own “Blue Mass” and heard that Dade PBA is the standard to model theirs after.
We thank Father Cid and the entire St. Patrick parish for their support and warm welcome. Special thanks to Sunny Isles Police Chief Fred Maas, who is always unwavering in his support of all PBA events. He really makes the event special for all.
Key West Gala
Once again the Key West chapter of the Dade County PBA outdid themselves, putting on a spectacular gala, raising funds for the Love Fund. The gala, à la Key West style, was packed with elected officials and members alike. Great job to Areaka Jewell, and her hard-working right hand, Angie Yanes, for their hard work, along with the many volunteers, and sponsors who made it a huge success.
The PBA salutes all our veterans for their sacrifices which allow us the freedom we often take for granted. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, Thanksgiving Day has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving has been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest.
While there is much to be discouraged about these days, there is so much to be thankful for. It differs for everyone but we should reflect on those things. For me, I am thankful for so many people and so many things, including health, family, friends, and security which is provided not by politicians, but rather heroes who pin on the badge.