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PALs Honored with Dyer Difference Award
Building relationships and mentoring is what it’s all about at St. Lucie Sheriff’s PAL program, too. Every year, more than 300 youth are able to enjoy year-round activities including boxing, wrestling, and karate as well as leadership programs and mentoring to help connect youth in the community with law enforcement officers in a positive, respectful atmosphere. To encourage kids to put down video games and engage with one another and with deputies, the St. Lucie Sheriff’s PAL program is installing a basketball court at its new PAL Center in Fort Pierce. The January Dyer Difference Award in St. Lucie County will help make that happen and will help promote fun, respect, and positive role-modeling for youth in our community while building strong, positive, lasting relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth in the communities they serve.
Left to Right: CEO Joe Rathnam, COO Jenna Radtke, Dyer Sales Manager Shannon Kinnett, and Sales Manager Dallas Steiger.
The Blue Star Mothers Organization
Saint Lucie County Award Recipients 2023
FORT PIERCE POLICE ATLETIC LEAGUE
Left to Right: Finance Manager Jim Carr, Blue Star Mothers’ Carrie Beck, General Manager Jonathan Holmes, Sales Associate Reese Horstman, Sales Manager Shannon Kinnett.
Dyer Difference Award Honors Compassion and Service
“Providing for our protectors” is the mission of K9 Strong, a Port St. Lucie nonprofit organization which helps to supply safety and training equipment to law enforcement K9 teams, locally and nationally. K9 Strong was founded in 2019 after the tragic line-of-duty death of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K9 Cigo, shot and killed during a Christmas Eve 2018 criminal apprehension at Wellington Green Mall. K9 Strong, Inc. has assisted nearly 175 K9 teams nationwide, and approximately 25 K9 teams in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. The organization provides a variety of aid items, including everything from ballistic vests and first aid kits to specialized odor detection training equipment and infrared beacons, building a relationship with K9 handlers and helping to tailor donations to suit the K9 and handlers’ specific needs.
For example, in 2022, K9 Strong, Inc. received an emergency call regarding K9 Bandit of the Belmont (NC) Police Department, who had suddenly fallen ill with a heat-related injury. As veterinary costs mounted, K9 strong garnered $13,000 in community support to cover Bandit’s veterinary costs. Bandit has since made a full recovery, is back working the road, and has made several high profile criminal apprehensions and narcotics busts. Inspired by this experience, K9 strong established “The Bandit Fund,” earmarked specifically for emergency use. Bandit Fund”. This will open up an additional avenue of preparedness for K9 Strong, Inc. to “Provide for Protectors” in their most dire hours of need.
Dyer Difference Award Helps Support Blue Star Families
In St. Lucie County, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster moms, and female legal guardians of children serving in the military gather regularly to help support one another and the community through the Blue Star Mothers organization. Working closely with Fisher House and the Wounded Veterans’ Relieve Fund, this group of dedicated women actively works to ensure that our currently serving troops, veterans, and the families of our fallen heroes never feel forgotten or forsaken. The Blue Star Mothers’ Birdies for the Brave golf tournament helps raise funds for other veterans’ organizations, and the March Dyer Difference Award in St. Lucie County recognizes this mission and helps to support these efforts.
Left to Right Sgt. D. Soesbe, General Manager Jonathan Holmes, President Lisa Johns-Grose, Tatiana Dyer, John Dyer, Sgt. M Woods