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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Montanez, Stephanie

News Date: 7/9/2010 

 Polk County Sheriff's Office Encourages Community to Come Out and Support Upcoming Fundraisers  

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office encourages the community to come out in support of the upcoming fundraisers benefiting two Polk County Sheriff's deputies shot and injured June 25, 2010, the two Tampa Police officers shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop June 29, 2010, and the family of a Polk County Paramedic who lost his son July 7, 2010 in a traffic crash.

Fundraising events will kick-off Saturday, July 10, 2010, with a benefit car wash for Deputies Michael Braswell and Paul Fairbanks, III. The car wash is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southside Package and Lounge, 1122 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland.

The Even Par Sports Bar in Oak Plaza, at 5100 U.S. 98 N. in Lakeland, will be holding a cruise-in fundraising event for the shot and injured Polk County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday, July 11, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cruise-in will have door prizes and drawings during the event.

All donations raised from the Polk County fundraising events are tax exempt and will be donated to Polk Sheriff’s Charities Inc, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. The proceeds will then be distributed to the families.

A barbecue will be held July 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kathleen Middle School in Lakeland honoring Officers Jeff Kocab and Dave Curtis, the two Tampa Police Officers shot and killed while making a traffic stop. Officer Kocab’s wife, Sara, is the Dean of Students at the school. A slab of ribs will cost $20.00 and can be ordered up until the morning of the barbecue at Running With Scissors Salon, 3003 Sleepy Hill Road, 863-815-1234, Family Press, 3218 N. Galloway Road, 863-859-3469, and at the school located at 6225 Ross Creek Road, 863-853-6040 or  863-853-6041, all in Lakeland. A live auction will occur and T-shirts will be sold during the event. All proceeds will go to the families of the two Tampa Police Officers.

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Allen Hull, a paramedic for Polk County EMS, lost his son in a tragic car crash. On Sunday, July 11, 2010, a fundraiser will take place at the Tractor Supply, 6945 U. S. 98 N, in Lakeland starting at 11:00 a.m.  A car wash, BBQ, and raffle for tickets to Discovery Cove in Orlando as well as events at The Lakeland Center will all be part of the fundraising efforts.

“This is an opportunity to support our public servants who risk their lives to protect and keep us safe,” says Sheriff Grady Judd. “On behalf of the families we thank the organizations and people who are making these fundraising events possible.”