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Remembering their ultimate sacrifice

Remembering their ultimate sacrifice

 Winter Haven, Florida - One candle will be lit every night beginning on Sunday evening for each fallen hero at the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says the department made a pledge in January to return to the Memorial every May to remember the fallen officers. 

Instead of another formal ceremony, the Polk County Sheriff's Office decided to honor the fallen heroes in a more personal and informal manner.   The agency will host a "Time of Remembrance and Reflection" at the Sheriff's Office Memorial located at 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard in Winter Haven. 

Every evening, beginning Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21, between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., one candle will be lit for each of the fallen heroes and placed at the Memorial. 

EMERGE shoreline cleanup

EMERGE shoreline cleanup

Lakeland, FL -- EMERGE members have been invited to volunteer at the Community Shoreline Cleanup on Lake Bonny!

The City's Lakes Program holds clean up events at different lakes each month.

Volunteers are always welcome! Join EMERGE as they partner with the City's Lakes Program for this great event. 

Library media specialists assist homeless students

Library media specialists assist homeless students

The Polk Educational Media Association (PEMA), a professional organization of library media specialists in the Polk Public Schools, donated 180 backpacks filled with books that will be given to students in the school district meeting the federal government’s definition of homeless.

The PEMA gave the backpacks to the school district’s Hearth Department on May 3 with eventual distribution of the books going to homeless students.

The Hearth Department assists students in the school district considered homeless. Nearly 2,300 students in the Polk Public Schools meet the federal definition of homeless representing more than 2 percent of Polk’s total student population.

Lincoln Avenue art project benefits St. Joe's Children's Hospital

Lincoln Avenue art project benefits St. Joe's Children's Hospital

Students at Lakeland’s Lincoln Avenue Academy have done an art project fundraiser benefiting children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa. 

Lincoln Avenue Academy has raised approximately $500 and will donate 100 tote bags filled with art supplies that will be delivered to the hospital on May 12.

Their project is titled “Art for a Cause –Art in Medicine.”

The bags will be filled with crayons, pads of paper, pencils, markers, water color puzzles, coloring books, water color sets and play dough. The school worked with St. Joseph’s Child Life Department  to determine the types of art materials needed at the hospital. 

Local volunteers depoly to tornado ravaged Alabama

Local volunteers depoly to tornado ravaged Alabama

Winter Haven, FL -- Two Polk County volunteers are among 16 from the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region who are on their way to Hoover, Alabama.

Bobbi and Russell Miller left Winter Haven Friday morning in an Emergency Response Vehicle.

The husband and wife team will assist in the relief efforts for victims of the tornadoes that swept Alabama on Wednesday.

Both were inspired to volunteer several years ago after a hurricane destroyed their home and they decided to give back to the community after receiving assistance themselves.

Polk County to honor fallen officers

Polk County to honor fallen officers

Polk County, FL -- In observance of National Police Week, May 15 - 21, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will conduct the 24th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office – Sergeant Wesley Richard Whitmore, Jr. who died in the line of duty on December 12, 2010, while serving the citizens of Polk County, will be the 30th Polk County Law Enforcement Officer commemorated on the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County law enforcement agencies, public service organizations, and state and local government agencies will be attending.

'Adopt-A-Senior' assists homeless graduating seniors

'Adopt-A-Senior' assists homeless graduating seniors

Polk County, FL -- Polk Public Schools is seeking the public’s assistance in a program to help approximately 90 graduating seniors meeting the federal government’s definition of homeless. 

The  “Adopt-A-Senior” program is seeking new, donated hygiene and toiletry items to give to these students as graduation gifts.

Although this started out primarily as an in-house school district project, the project has branched out and currently includes churches, professional groups and organizations, clubs and service organizations.