|STEADMAN STAHL, PBA President
Last month’s pink-themed Heat focused on Breast Cancer Awareness. We received many calls of thanks for bringing the spotlight on this dreadful disease. The American Cancer Society does a lot of significant research on combating the many forms of cancer that affect many of our loved ones. I believe breast cancer is the one disease that everyone either knows someone that is fighting it or has lost someone because of it. The PBA had a few fundraisers benefiting the American Cancer Society: a pink-themed domino tournament, a Painting for a Cause event, and a PBA “Arrest Breast Cancer” pink t-shirt sale. We would like to thank everyone who supported these events and for joining in on fighting for a cure.
We would also like to thank PBA member and police dispatcher, Holly Gutierrez, who shared her heartfelt story as a survivor of breast cancer. In her story, she states that we should all focus on what is important in life, “God, family, and friends,” and I for one could not agree with her more. As we enter November and start planning time with our families for the upcoming
Thanksgiving holiday, we all should take some good advice from Holly and try to spend some quality time with our loved ones. I know that our day-to-day lives are busy with work, taking the kids to and from their events, and various projects around the house, but we should stop and take time out for ourselves and the ones we love.
The silent cop killer
Recently I read an article from the LAPD Police Union newspaper. The cover displayed an officer holding a gun to his head, and the story was about the ever-increasing PTSD within our profession. The article states that a
nationwide statistic shows more officers are dying from suicide than from on-duty deaths. The 2018 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that, in 2017, there were 129 police officers killed in the line of duty compared to 140 officer suicides. We here at the PBA know that sometimes asking for help can sometimes be tough, but know that no matter what you're going through, it is never worth taking your life. If you're in a crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255). There is nothing that you could be going through that could not be worked out.
St. Michael’s Day
We would also like to thank all those that attended our St. Michael's Feast Day Celebration which was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church here in Doral. The event was spearheaded by our very own PBA Chaplain, Al “Fito” Lopez, who did an outstanding job as usual. This new location worked well and we appreciated all the officers, honor guards, elected officials and special guests who attended. A special thank you to Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who performed the Mass. It was a very moving and somber tribute to St. Michael, the Archangel who protects our first responders.
Vote the PBA way
As we go into this month, I hope that everyone takes the time to vote, and vote the PBA way. As I said last month, and I will say again this month, I believe it is important to vote the person and not just the party. I also know that some people reading this article will have very strong opinions towards a party affiliation. For those with these strong convictions, I have learned there are two things I will not argue with you about: religion and politics. We here at the PBA will support those that support us. A lot of time goes into meeting and screening candidates and we look to endorse those who will put public safety first. So please vote the PBA way, and in the words of Forrest Gump, “That is all I have to say about that.”
Again, we would like to welcome the Monroe County Sheriff Office to the Dade County PBA. We look forward to working with all the men and women from this fine agency on making their lives and working conditions better.
On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, we would like to wish all veterans a Happy Veterans Day and everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.