|PABLO LIMA, PBA Vice President
First let me start by wishing our valued members a happy and festive Easter and Passover. As important as those occasions are, perhaps more importantly, let’s not forget our secretaries and support personnel who in many cases are the backbone of our daily office/administrative operations – Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all of you! We couldn’t do it without your hard work and dedication.
Bay Harbor Island Award Ceremony
I had the privilege of attending Bay Harbor Island’s 2017 annual employee award ceremony. Chief Sean Hemingway and City Manager Ronald Wasson did a spectacular job (collectively with their support staff) in honoring Earnest Candelmo as their officer of the year, not only for his actions on the street, but for also coming to the aid of a sister officer in her time of need. Chief Hemingway and City Manager Wasson also honored and showcased just how human and compassionate the hearts of many law enforcement officers are by honoring Bay Harbor Police Department’s own Kathy Sullivan for her perseverance and courageous fight against cancer while still maintaining her oath to protect and serve those in the community.
This show of support and appreciation should serve as an example to every police department, not only in our county, but nationwide. When building a culture of outstanding performance by employees of a company – or as is in our profession – police officers making up police departments – I am a fan of Virgin Airline’s CEO Sir Richard Branson’s philosophy: “Your employees are your best asset. Happy employees make for happy customers.” In short this means that if we treat our police officers with dignity and the appreciation they deserve, the level of service they provide civilians will be that much more superior!
Kathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you - know that your law enforcement family is here to support you!
The Lung and Heart Bill
As you know, we at the PBA strive to provide you with the best resources and tools, not only to protect your rights, but to guide you along in your career to make sure you have a successful retirement. For example, lectures on the Florida’s First Responders’ Heart and Lung Bill are provided to ensure you take full legal advantage of the resources available to you as a first responder. Employers have been known not to have your best interest at heart ---- as we have seen when they have balanced their budgets on our backs! Lectures on the Heart and Lung Bill are provided to break down this legislation’s legal jargon into terms that will make it easier for you to fully comprehend what your rights are! I am pleased to announce that we at the PBA have been working with attorney Paul Kelley to ensure that your claims are properly addressed. There are certain guidelines and timeframes that you must follow when filing a claim. Attorney Kelley has conducted informational sessions and future ones are in the works. Should you need him to review immediate cases call me at the PBA. Also, for those of you on the Heart Bill, if you’re having any issues with your medications being properly filled, Cici Seda of Our Pharmacy Network, will be more than happy to assist you. You may reach her at (954) 243-8336.
Support Our Police Ride & Rally
We just held our third annual “Support Our Police” Ride & Rally event. We had a great turnout and
collective participation of the various law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County and the Cartel Baggers. It was truly a cooperative effort, where we put our differences aside, and came together in unison for the betterment of our community. This event is held to raise awareness and foster a better working relationship between law enforcement and the community we serve. While, collectively, everyone did a great job, I would like to single out Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz for not only spearheading this event, but also his hands-on participation. Way to go, Pepe!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala
We had the honor to be invited to this year’s gala. Together with President John Rivera and Director of Public Relations, Stephanie Womble, I attended this spectacular event - which was a combination of
glamour, fundraising, and an opportunity to make a difference to the youth of our community. The ladies were dressed to perfection, and even the men cleaned up well! Gale Nelson, President of the Miami
Chapter, and TK Pratt, Director of Individual Giving, did a fabulous job putting this amazing event together. President Nelson introduced one of their new programs, Bigs in Blue. This program involves matching law enforcement officers that serve as role models, also referred to as Bigs, with at-risk children within our community. It was great to see the numerous representatives from the various law enforcement departments serving as Bigs standing side-to-side with their little brothers and sisters. Your PBA has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters in a collaborative effort to highlight this program and to create more matches as we are always part of the solution, NOT the problem! I encourage each of you to become involved with this program as a Big or to financially support this life-altering program for a young, at-risk child. For more information, please call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami at (305) 644-0066 or just call me at the PBA.
1. Seminars on how to maximize your retirement benefits
2. Our annual awards gala, on May 20th, that honors our officers’ heroic actions. Proceeds raised benefit the Love Fund, Inc.
3. Saltwater Fishing Tournament on June 3rd
4. Bereavement workshop: TBA
If there’s a particular PBA-related workshop that you’re interested in, and you’d like for us to coordinate, please contact me.
In closing, please be informed on our issues and help us support those who support us. I welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: (305) 593-0044. If I don’t have the answer, we have seven in-house attorneys as well as an outstanding support staff who do!
Again, I thank you for your time and, more importantly, for the job you do. Please make sure to protect yourself and your partner at all times. Remember, your PBA is always working to protect your rights, and we thank you for the opportunity to do so.