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M/PIFCD union presents check to Beacon

May 9, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Southwest Florida Professional Fire Fighter & Paramedics Local 1826 union representative Bobby Barr recently presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to the Pine Island Beacon of HOPE.

"This money originally comes from the 'specialty' license plates Floridians order from the Department of Motor Vehicles," Firefighter Barr said. "The revenue from these plates goes into Florida Firefighters Charities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The firefighters' unions can apply for money from that fund and the local firefighters get to choose which local charity we give the money to. We decided on the Beacon of HOPE."

"I just want to thank all of you for all you do for our community," Beacon executive director Betsy Haesemeyer said. "More often than not, the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department is there for the Beacon of HOPE before we even ask."

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From left are Firefighter Kreps, Firefighter Gralinski, Engineer Adema, Engineer Simer, Engineer Rossman, Deputy Chief Brant, Chief Mickuleit, Fire Inspector Urich, Local 1826 Union President Duncan, Capt. Russell, Elsie Stearns, Firefighter/DVP Local 1826 District 13 Firefighter Bobby Barr, Bill Marino (Beacon), Local 1826 Field Rep Simpson, Betsy Haesemeyer (executive director of the Beacon of HOPE) and Carlyn Herring.


The Beacon of HOPE has been assisting Pine Island's needy since Hurricane Charley's visit in August 2004. While originally involved in hurricane recovery, the Beacon has evolved into an important service provider for the Pine Island community. With the help of volunteers the Beacon delivers "Beacon Bites," provides social services counseling, evaluates needs and provides economic assistance to Pine Island and Matlacha residents.

"I can't tell you how much we appreciate everything you do, not just for the Beacon of HOPE but for our entire community," Haesemeyer said.



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