Two area Wal-Mart stores will be making presentations to Sheriff Grady Judd and other representatives from the agency and the Williams family in upcoming weeks.
On Monday, January 22, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., the store manager for the Wal-Mart store located at 3501 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, Gina Tuten, will host a check presentation at the store with a check for $750 made out to PCSO, to give to the Matt Williams family. The money comes from the Wal-Mart Foundation, a charitable organization that contributes money each year to a needy organization or family. This year, the south Lakeland store requested that the money go to Nancy Williams, Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams’ widow, and her three children. Sheriff Grady Judd and Williams family members will be there to receive the check. Photo and interview opportunities will be made available.
On Monday, February 5, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., at the Central County Jail training room, located at 2390 Bob Phillips Road in Bartow, Kyle Fisher from the Wal-Mart distribution center on Lucerne Park Road will be presenting a check to PCSO in the amount of $1200, to help fund the purchase of a new canine. The money comes from the Safe Neighborhood Heroes Grant, an annual grant funded from Wal-Mart sales, that normally is awarded to schools and other public service organizations. This year, the distribution center wanted the money to go to the Sheriff’s Office, after the tragic death of Matt Williams and his K-9 Diogi. Sheriff Judd, his senior staff, and a representative from the agency’s K-9 Unit will be on hand to receive the money. Photo and interview opportunities will be made available.