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Sheriff Judd recognizes PCSO staff at Annual Awards Ceremony

Sheriff Judd recognizes PCSO staff at Annual Awards Ceremony

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Executive Staff members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will recognize law enforcement, detention, civilian, and volunteer members of the agency on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven at the 2011 PCSO Annual Awards ceremony, for their exemplary efforts made last year.

On hand to help recognize these members will be county elected officials and administrators, and other special dignitaries.

Each year, PCSO holds an awards ceremony naming the Deputy Sheriff, Detention Deputy, Civilian, Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and Volunteer of the year.

In addition to these awards, this year Sheriff Judd will award eight Medals of Valor, six Purple Hearts, and 13 Meritorious Service Medals to those members who went above and beyond the call of duty during 2010.

Tie-dye T-shirts From Traviss raise $750 for Susan G. Komen

Tie-dye T-shirts From Traviss raise $750 for Susan G. Komen

Students at Lakeland’s Traviss Career Center donated $750 to representatives of the Susan G. Komen cancer awareness organization on May 13 at the school. 

The students raised the money by producing and selling pink tie-dye T-shirts with either a ribbon or heart design.

The students sold more than 120 shirts and Traviss designated May 13 as “Think Pink” day to coincide with the donation to Susan G. Komen.  All Traviss students and staff purchasing a tie-dye shirt were encouraged to wear the shirts on that day.

Students did the project in a unit titled “Modeling a Business” as part of teacher Suzan Harrell’s Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications class. Her class is composed of students enrolled in Traviss’ high school program.

Free summer meals available for children

Free summer meals available for children

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Public Schools Foodservice Department is providing free, nutritious meals to children this summer at approximately 90 sites across Polk County.

Any child, 18 years and younger, both enrolled and not enrolled at program sites, is eligible for breakfast and lunch at no cost.  

The program is available to all children during summer vacation when school meals are not available. The summer meals program is from June 15 to August 4.  

Meals will not be served when sites are closed and on Monday, July 4.

She Knows Awards Luncheon this Thursday

She Knows Awards Luncheon this Thursday

Lakeland, FL -- Girls Inc. will host their, "She Knows Awards Luncheon" on May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Women throughout the community will be honored for serving as positive role models for girls and women.

In addition, they will be honored for their contributions to the community.

Three of the honored women will receive the She Knows Award.

The event will be held at 701 W. Lime Street and for more information call 863-682-3002 x222.

Golf Tourney to benefit Florida Sheriff's Youth Villa

Golf Tourney to benefit Florida Sheriff's Youth Villa

Bartow, FL -- The Bartow Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for a Memorial day weekend of golf that benefits the Florida Sheriff's Youth Villa.

"In the minds of many, Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of summer, but for many living in Bartow, it is a time for thinking of others - in particular the girls at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Golf Tournament will hold its 48th annual event on Memorial Day weekend for days of fun and valuable community service to benefit the Villa," the chamber has announced.

"We're so proud that the money raised during the Classic will once again directly benefit the Girls' Villa in Bartow," said Freda Ridgway, Chairman of this year's Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament Committee.

Polk deputy named one of nation's 'Top Cops'

Polk deputy named one of nation's  'Top Cops'

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) presented its list of winners and honorable mentions for the Eighteenth Annual TOP COPS Awards on Friday, May 13. Each year since 1994 NAPO has presented the TOP COPS Awards Ceremony to educate the American public about our nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year.

The sole winner from Florida was from the Polk County Sheriff's Office - 33-year-old Deputy Sheriff Michael L. Braswell, an 11-year veteran of the agency.

Deputy Braswell and Deputy Sheriff Paul Fairbanks were shot by convicted felon Matthew Tutt during the early morning hours of June 25, 2010. Thanks to his quick actions and his bullet-resistant vest, Deputy Braswell was able to survive the shooting and eliminate the threat presented by Tutt, saving not only lives of Deputy Fairbanks and his own, but ensuring that Tutt did not cause further harm to Polk County's citizens.

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