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Apr. 05, 2019 | Cape Coral, Florida
Signal III, a local band comprised of five Cape Coral Police officers and a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy, will perform at Cape Bike Night on Saturday, April 13th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Located at SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, the event features live entertainment, great food and bike vendors showcasing the latest products and gear.
Performing on the main stage, Signal III will donate its time and appearance fee to the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, whose mission is to reduce substance abuse in Lee County by raising awareness of prevention resources through collaboration, education and inspiration.
The band has a combined 157 years of community service in law enforcement. With a music style described as eclectic rock, the band’s name originated from the law enforcement radio code for a hit and run. All members donate their time and performances to local charities throughout the community.
Entry to the event is free, and the band will accept additional donations to benefit the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida.
For more info, visit www.facebook.com/sig3charity.
Feb. 20, 2019 | Cape Coral, Florida
A Florida resident had his only mode of transportation stolen — so two police officers got him a new one.
Cape Coral field training officer Ken Cody and officer trainee Guang Song received praise after they bought a “brand spankin’ new” bike for a man identified only as Robert, who had reported his bike stolen from a Winn Dixie supermarket in south Cape Coral.
Dec. 27, 2018 | Cape Coral, Florida
Nearly 50 children were treated to free holiday shopping on Saturday, December 15th, courtesy of the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33.
Dubbed the ‘holiday shopping trip,’ the annual event is all about giving and provides local children with gift cards valued at around $150 to purchase presents for their family members. Kicking off the day with a uniformed police chaperone picking them up from their homes, the kids are treated to breakfast at McDonald’s and then escorted to Walmart to do their shopping and take photos.Then, greeted by volunteers, the children visit the police department where their gifts are wrapped and they can enjoy pizza and a movie.
“We love giving back to the community and taking part in such a meaningful event,” said Sergeant Paul Blanchard. “Seeing the joy on the children’s faces is so rewarding and a feeling I can’t describe.”
This is the 15th annual event held by the organization, which represents active and retired men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department. Overall, the shopping trip benefits over 100 children.
Dec. 18, 2018 | Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 33 raised over $1,200 for a prostate cancer awareness campaign benefiting the Movember Foundation.
The campaign, known as “Movember,” encourages men to grow out their facial hair for 30 days during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Normally not acceptable of their respective departments’ professional grooming standards, members of FOP Lodge 33 were permitted to grow mustaches that extended past the corners of the mouth or goatees to help support the cause. Participating police officers each contributed $15 towards the campaign totaling around $600, FOP Lodge 33 matched the total amount raised, bringing the overall contribution to over $1,200.
“Men’s health issues are increasing at an alarming rate,” said Sergeant Paul Blanchard, President of FOP Lodge 33. ”We appreciate the administration allowing us to participate in the campaign this year. Donating to a cause that helps bring more awareness to conditions that could impact any one of us is something we strongly support. We look forward to growing our support of the program in the future.”
According to Movember.com, one in nine men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, after skin cancer.
August 31, 2018 | Cape Coral, Florida
Nearly 80 children were treated to free back-to-school shopping courtesy of the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33.
The event, held on August 3rd, allows officers to spend positive one-on-one time with Cape Coral children whose families are experiencing financial struggles and cannot afford to purchase needed school supplies and clothing. This is the first annual event held by the organization which represents active and retired men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department.
For school children of all ages, the program provides participating students with a gift card to Target. Students meet police escorts at the store where they can purchase supplies and other necessities. The program, reinforces the ideas of sharing and giving, and promotes the idea that role models of all ages are crucial to the development of our youth.
“The success of this event was made possible by the generosity of our citizens,” said Officer Paul Blanchard. “Beyond providing school supplies, the program allows local law enforcement to get to know the community we serve and protect on a daily basis. We are grateful for the support we received and are now working on our annual Christmas shopping trip with the children.”
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