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The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting First Responders including, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters/EMS, Military (Active Duty & Veterans), Coast Guard, ATF, FBI, DHS and their immediate families, widows, and orphans in Lee, Collier & Hendry counties in Southwest Florida.

Along with our passion and drive, the help and support from the local communities across SW Florida inspires us and allows us to provide support to our local Heroes. We thank you in advance for Joining us along our journey and for providing financial support through Donations

We encourage you to consider Volunteering to become a Committee Member or just help us by Spreading the Word.

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FT. Myers Police Virtual 5k

The Fort Myers Police Department will be holding their 13th Annual 5K Race -- “Cops & Joggers” on Saturday, October 10, 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus, they will be hosting a Virtual 5K instead. 

As you may be aware, the race was first established in 2008 to assist the family of Officer Andrew Widman who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2008. Ten years later, our community was deeply saddened by the death of Officer Adams Jobbers-Miller who was shot in the line of duty on July 21, 2018, and subsequently died from his injuries on July 28, 2018. 

On Friday, September 18, 2020, at 11 AM, The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation will be presenting the Fort Myers Police Department with a donation check in the amount of $500 to benefit the annual Cops & Joggers 5K fundraiser. The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation holds the Andrew A. Widman Memorial Scholarship at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy which was created in 2019 with the blessings of Officer Widman’s family. The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation is honored to help promote the annual Fundraiser. Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation proudly accepts the invitation to participate in donating $250 for each Fallen Officer their Agency has suffered over the years. 

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund and the Brotherhood Ride. The Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund aids police officers, or the families of officers, who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. The Brotherhood Ride honors fallen police officers and firefighters by riding bicycles to their hometown. The group assists police officers and firefighters, as well as their families, in the event of an illness, injury, or death. Our goal is to have 1,000 participants and raise $20,000.00. Hopefully, having a Virtual 5K will allow us to reach our target! 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact either Officer Mary Ellen Hughes at mhughes@fmpolice.com or 239.246.4382 or Officer Kristi Neroni at kneroni@fmpolice.com or 239.699.8229. Checks should be made payable to the “FMPD Fallen Officers Memorial Fund”, which is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution is tax-deductible (Employer ID #87-0749930). Donations may be sent 2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, attention Officer Mary Ellen Hughes. 

The men and women of the Fort Myers Police Department appreciate your consideration and thoughtfulness. 

If you would like to participate in the virtual 5K, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/FortMyers/FMPDCopsJoggers5K to register and to receive more detailed information about the event

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Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Julian Keen Jr., 30, was fatally shot on Sunday June 14, 2020 in LaBelle, FL. Officer Keen was loved by the entire community, his brothers & sisters in Law Enforcement & his family & friends. Officer Keen's family has established the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship, which will offer the opportunity for a youth in Hendry County, FL. who is interested in a career in Law Enforcement to obtain that dream. We asked that you consider making a donation to this great cause in Honor of a Great Man! #BeLikeJulian 

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Andrew A. Widman Memorial Scholarship

The Andrew A. Widman Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Officer Widman & the legacy he left behind. Officer Widman was fatally wounded on July 18, 2008 in Fort Myers, FL. while trying to break up a fight that turned deadly. Officer Widman was only 30 years young and left behind a wonderful family and devastated community. If you would like to learn more about the heroic sacrifice that Officer Widman made, please click here. If you would like to donate to the Andrew A. Widman Memorial Scholarship, please click here.

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Operation: Christmas Bicycles for Kids

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The S.W. Florida Heroes Foundation has teamed up with Tropic Trailer (Fort Myers, FL.) & Lee County Sheriff's Officer Sly Smalls, to lend a hand to those less fortunate children this Christmas throughout Lee County, FL. Last year Eli Mendes, owner of Tropic Trailer, had donated over 100 Bicycles to local kids with the assistance of Lee Co. Sheriff's Officer Sly Small who helped distribute them throughout the county.

This year, with the assistance of Officer Smalls, Eli & Tropic Trailer has teamed up with the S.W. Florida Heroes Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, to encourage Individuals & Business Owners in S.W. Florida to Donate freely to the Foundation at a tax exempt level. "Our goal this year is to give-a-way 300 Bicycles to children right here in S.W. Florida who could really use a wonderful Christmas", said Eli Mendes, owner of Tropic Trailer. If you would like to Donate to this Fundraiser please CLICK HERE and thanks for your support in advance. 

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