Date: June 30, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

"Public Safety Night" at Joker Marchant Raises $5000 for Memorial

For the second year in a row, the Lakeland Tigers Organization, sponsored in part by Riverside National Bank, hosted "Public Safety Night' at Joker Marchant Stadium.

On Saturday, June 26, 2004, amateur teams from law enforcement and public safety agencies competed in a softball tournament. Afterwards, there was a silent auction, a raffle of hundreds of donated prizes, and the Lakeland Tigers vs. Tampa Yankees baseball game.

The Lakeland Tigers reduced the price of their advance tickets to $4.00 for this event, with $2.00 per ticket being donated to the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial expansion project.

As a result of the cooperative efforts from PCSO, the Lakeland Tigers, Riverside Bank, and other area public safety agencies, over $5000 was raised for the Memorial Expansion.

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.


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