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Lakeland student composes 9/11 song

Lakeland, FL -- Derik Thomas, a student at Harrison School of the Arts, was asked earlier this week by his piano teacher and Dr. Collins at the Harrison School for the Arts to compose a special song in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11.  

It's a song about a son who lost his dad and his mom can't emotionally bear the weight of it all so he's left to fight on his own.

The school approached him about the idea on Tuesday which onlt gave him couple of days to write it and compose the music!

Red Cross responds to series of mobile home fires in Polk Co.

Red Cross responds to series of mobile home fires in Polk Co.

Polk County, FL -- Disaster relief volunteers from Polk County were busy over the last three days battling a series of unrelated fires throughout the county. 

In just 72 hours, American Red Cross Polk and Highlands County Chapter volunteers helped 16 people after five fires broke out, the majority of which occurring in mobile homes in separate communities.

According to Red Cross, the first fire started on Labor Day in a mobile home on S. Combee Road in Lakeland. The family received lodging for several nights and rental assistance to find a new place to live.

Remembrance Ride and Patriot Day Observance

Remembrance Ride and Patriot Day Observance

Lakeland, FL - Tampa's American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 44 will host their 4th Annual Remembrance Ride and Patriot Day Observance Saturday.

It's to inspire and remind the community of the patriotism and pride that brought the nation together after the terrorist attacks and remember those who lost their lives that day.

Over the past three years, AMVETS Post 44 has raised over $15,000 to support Recreational Therapy Services at James A. Haley VA Hospital and others in need in the community.

Emergency Services of Polk Co. to reflect on Sept. 11

Emergency Services of Polk Co. to reflect on Sept. 11

Polk County, FL -- As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, emergency services of Polk County and the Polk County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team are preparing for “A Day of Reflection.”

This celebration of life and service offers emergency responders an opportunity to honor their comrades who gave all in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Incorporating many public safety agencies, the ceremony will include a dramatic reading, guest speakers, special music and a candle lighting ceremony with one flame representing each responder lost.

Lakeland GrillSmith helps raise $10,500 for Schenecker fund

Lakeland GrillSmith helps raise $10,500 for Schenecker fund

Lakeland, FL - $10,500 was raised in last week's GrillSmith's Back to School Fundraiser. The money supports the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund.

During the week-long fundraiser the Lakeland GrillSmith and 5 other locations donated 100% of sales from Calyx's and Beau's favorite GrillSmith dish.

Calyx favorite dish was the Caribbean Pumpkin Crab Bisque soup. Beau's favorite appetizer was the Spicy Thai Shrimp.

Get a Sheriff Grady Judd poster, help county charities

Get a Sheriff Grady Judd poster, help county charities

Polk County, FL -- 97 Country is raising funds for the Polk County Sheriff's Charities.

Sheriff Grady Judd has signed the full color posters of himself with his Top Brass, created by Mike Potthast for the cover of Today & Tonight Magazine! 

You can pick one up today for a donation of $5 or more, at WPCV's studio, 404 West Lime Street in Lakeland or at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 1891 Jim Keen Blvd, Winter Haven.

PCSO Citizen Assisted Patrol Program receives award

PCSO Citizen Assisted Patrol Program receives award

Polk County, FL -- On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Assisted Patrol, or CAP, volunteer program was recognized with the 2011 Public Service Award by the Florida Council on Aging.

The mission of the PCSO CAP program is to assist law enforcement officers in combating crime. The program, implemented in 2004, recruits, trains, and deploys citizen volunteers who donate time patrolling Polk County neighborhoods. 

Although they do not carry weapons and have no law enforcement power, these volunteer patrols increase law enforcement visibility, enhance citizen interaction with the Sheriff’s Office, increase crime awareness, and increases reporting of suspicious activities and circumstances for the Sheriff’s Office to follow up.