By Wayne Ivey
Brevard County sheriff
As I travel throughout our county and talk with our community, I am so proud to hear the amazing number of positive comments about the job our public safety officers do each and every day to protect our citizens.
Public safety officers include our county law enforcement officers, consisting of both the Sheriff's Office and local police departments and our fire/rescue partners.
These employees make up our "first responders," a collective group of local heroes, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our community and help to keep us safe from harm.
During my 33-year law enforcement career, I have all too often seen members of our public safety family fall upon difficult times with personal concerns, family medical issues or loss of life. Each time a member faces a critical incident or tragedy, the community does everything possible to support them, both emotionally and financially.
Commonly, the respective agency quickly arranges fundraising events and other activities to do everything they can to support their member.
I am always amazed and humbled by how much support the community provides to help public safety officers during times of tragedy.
In fact, as sheriff, one of my initiatives was to create a public safety nonprofit charity that would help members of our Brevard County Public Safety partners during these difficult or tragic times.
Over the past several months, our team has been working hard to make that happen.
As a result, I am very pleased to announce that we have established the "Brevard County Public Safety Charity, Inc." This program will work with our community to help support those who work every day to protect us.
The concept is to no longer wait for the emergency to happen, but to go into action now by creating a not-for-profit that would facilitate events annually, generating the financial support for when that time of need arises.
Ideally, there will no longer be a need for a respective agency or community to react to a significant incident in an effort to provide support, but rather, would be able to concentrate their efforts on providing emotional stability for the public safety officer.
This newly created nonprofit also provides for the creation of scholarships and other support activities for the community.
In an effort to kick-start this worthy cause, we are hosting the "Battle For The Badges" BBQ Cook-Off, Cupcake War and Cornhole Tournament that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.
We are currently accepting registration for each event; so regardless if you are a great cook, baker or athlete, this is the event for you to showcase your talents, while helping to support a very worthy cause.
Please plan to join us on Sept. 14 for a great time with plenty of food, live music, performed by several of our own members, kids games, raffle prizes (including firearms) and many more fun activities.
With your generosity and support, this event will be a great success!
Thank you in advance for supporting this special community event.
For more information concerning the event or how to contribute, please visit www.brevardsheriff.com or contact our community relations coordinator Lindsey Deaton at (321) 505-8752.