I was honored to present the first award to Zechariah Cartledge—a 10-year-old boy from Winter Springs who runs one mile for every officer lost in the line of duty. Since then, we have issued more than 20 of these awards to citizens, organizations and law enforcement officers across our great state.
Take, for example, the police officer in my new hometown of Tallahassee that we recognized for his exceptional efforts to help first responders deal with mental health issues, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for its mentoring program Bigs in Blue.
We have even honored two K9s who helped rescue a lost 3-year-old with the assistance of their Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office handlers.
The Back the Blue Award is designed to highlight Floridians taking extraordinary steps to support law enforcement and to forge positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Do you know someone who fits this bill? Send us your nomination! Visit MyFloridaLegal.com for more information. By supporting our local law enforcement, we all help build a Stronger, Safer Florida.