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  • The Pres Says - July 2018
    Updated On: Jul 02, 2018
    STEADMAN STAHL, PBA President

    July is here and it’s brought with it the heat and humidity. Here are a couple of fun facts about July that you may not know: Did you know the name of the seventh month of the year – July – was given by the Roman Senate in 46 B.C. in honor of emperor Julius Caesar? July is the hottest month of the year in the Northern hemisphere, whereas it is winter time in the Southern hemisphere.

    Our 25th Annual Dade County PBA Law Enforcement Awards Gala was held again at the Trump National Doral Miami. It was a spectacular evening honoring the men and women across Miami-Dade County who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. We are fortunate that the event did go on, as the Thursday prior to the event a man went into the lobby of the hotel carrying an American Flag and spewing anti-Trump rhetoric. MDPD and the City of Doral Police Department were called to the scene to remove the crazy man and he pulled a gun and a shoot-out ensued. The good news is, the bad guy lost and the only person injured was the bad guy. No officers were hurt during the incident. 

    At our gala, the Officer of the Year award went to MDPD Officer Manuel Gonzalez. Officer Jonathan Moreno was named Correctional Officer of the Year and Miami-Dade Detective Sebastian Monros was the recipient of the Arthur E. Felton Investigative Excellence Award. The Citizen of the Year award went to Christopher Cummings from the Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management. You can read all about their acts of heroism and dedication to duty in the pages of this HEAT. You can also view many of the spectacular video re-enactments on our Dade County PBA Facebook page. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists on a job well done.

    At this year’s gala we also presented an award to a man who has stood at the helm and acted as emcee of the event for 25 years, David Rivers. Dave and his lovely wife Kathy have faithfully helped out at our gala for all those years and we are thankful for their support of the PBA.

    Dave, thank you for lending your talents to the gala for 25 years and for your loyalty to our organization. 
    We here at the PBA see you and we thank you and hope you continue to enjoy your well-deserved retirement with your family.

    We would also like to recognize and congratulate MDPD Detectives Terence A. White, Sr. and Charles L. Woods on being selected as one of the “Top Cops” in Washington D.C., by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). 

    The Palm Beach County PBA held its annual Law Enforcement Gala last month. It was another successful night honoring the brave men and women who put on the badge everyday. That same weekend also in Palm Beach, the Florida PBA held its June Board of Directors meeting. At which time they elected the new Florida PBA President, John Kazanjian (a.k.a. Kaz)!!  Congratulations Kaz! We here at the Dade County PBA wish you the best of luck in your new position, and know  you will do an outstanding job leading that great organization. 

    We here at the PBA would also like congratulate two of Florida’s finest - Chief Fred Maas and Ernie George - for being inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Chief Maas is a 43-year veteran to law enforcement. He started his career in 1975 at our very own MDPD before moving over to Sunny Isles Beach Police Department in 1998 where he was promoted to Chief in 1999. Ernie served over 30 years with the West Palm Beach Police Department and became active in 1987 with the Palm Beach County PBA, and later became President of that organization. Congratulations Freddie and Ernie for a well- earned designation. 

    In closing, I would like to say thanks to all first responders who put their lives on the line everyday while protecting all of us. Unfortunately they rarely make themselves a priority. Last month two more well-known celebrities committed suicide, which has thrown the spotlight on the crisis also affecting police officers and firefighters. If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD or the like, please please seek help. Reach out, talk to someone. There is a suicide crisis hotline: 1-800-273-TALK. Suicide is NEVER the answer, and what is left in the wake of suicide are families or loved ones who are devastated.  


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