Date: July 10, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO vs. Local Agencies in Charity Softball Tournament

PCSO deputies will face Lakeland Police, Lakeland Fire, and Polk Fire departments in a charity softball tournament this month.  The "Hit a Home Run for Heroes" tournament will raise money for the project to expand the Polk Law Enforcement Memorial.  Tickets are  priced at $4 for adults, and $2 for children.  Half of all proceeds will go to the Memorial expansion project.  

Each softball game will last 7 innings, one pitch per batter, and will take place before a Lakeland Tigers game on three different nights at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.  The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. - Lakeland Police vs. Lakeland Fire
  • Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. - Polk Sheriffs vs. Polk Fire
  • Saturday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. - Lakeland Fire vs. Polk Fire, and
  • Saturday, August 2, 5:20 p.m. - Lakeland Police vs. Polk Sheriffs

The Polk Law Enforcement Memorial honorably displays the names of the 26 Polk County law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and troopers who have served and been killed in the line of duty.  The memorial currently only has 4 empty pedestals left.  Plans are to add a second tier around the outer perimeter of the current Memorial, allowing for expansion for approximately 45 additional pedestals.  As soon as the required funding is secured, construction on the project can begin. 

Sheriff Crow says, "As much as we would like to believe we'll never fill even those 4 remaining spots, the unfortunate odds are we will at some point in time need more room at the Memorial to honor our fallen brethren.  Please come out and cheer on our brave men and women as they take up bats and balls for a worthy cause." 

For further information about the softball tournament, or to purchase tickets, please contact Sgt. Eric Rauch at 534-0981 or Captain Kurt Lockwood at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 635-6950.

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