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State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire was promoted on March 17, 2011 from Detective to Lieutenant. He has been with the state for 6 years, is stationed at the Lake Wales Field Office, and is First Line Supervisor to Detectives. Lieutenant McIntire can be contacted at stacy.mcintire@myfloridacfo.com

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Fallen Officers must be smiling down from Heaven Today
Recent Events (Police)

Hundreds of volunteers united in Polk County to raise money to help the families of the two T.P.D fallen Officers,

Curtis and Kocab. Two different events were held today, one in Kathleen, and one in Lakeland. The first event known as

"Grilling for aCause" and the second event was held at Alligator Alley. "Grilling for a Cause" held at the Kathleen Middle

School in Kathleen. The event officially started at 10:oo am,

but about 15 different Crews arrived as early as 5:oo am to light

the grills and get the Ribs cooking. It was easy to see that many

of the estimated 200 volunteers had been working for hours in

preparation of what turned out to be a successful fundraiser. The

final numbers are not in yet, but they should be impressive.

 Approximatly 3000 slabs of ribs were cooked and sold for $20.00

per slab. All kinds of baked goods that were donated were also sold

and T-Shirts were one of the hot items. Over $70,000.00 dollars

were raised for the families. 100% of the proceeds from the event

will be split between both families.

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 Below a steady stream of people enter and exit picking up Ribs, and purchasing T-Shirts.

 

Below people fill the Gym getting ready for a auction that was held of many donated items. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left Pete Cross, Center Randy Skinner, Left Ricky Shirah's How a few make a difference

Randy Skinner and Pete Cross were out to dinner and were talking about the incident and what they could do to help.

Both compete in BBQ competitions and decided to to put together a fundraiser that was later dubbed "Grilling for a

Cause". What started out as a backyard event soon grew into a full fledge fundraiser, similar to a BBQ competition.

This size event usually take months to put together but Randy and Pete put it together in a few days. Randy 

admitted though this is not the first time they have helped others, the pair have helped raise over $100,000 dollars

for other needs. Randy and Pete called on other BBQ teams and quickly got over 15 teams to help.

As local news outlet picked up the story, more called to help. Both founders spent many hours coordinating the event. 

Family and friends jumped in to lend there help. Brett Butler the Principal of Kathleen Middle School (Below) requested

and was granted permission to use the school as the event location. Brett was helping in the beginning and was seen

all day running about helping with needs as they arose.

 

The event officially started on Sat at 10:00 am, but  cooks started setting up their grills on Friday and were arriving as early

as 5:00am on Saturday to start cooking the ribs.Interviewing the cooks and other many volunteers: a common opinion was

heard that as one said "we do for family" referring Sarah Kocab a teacher at Kathleen Middle School.

 

 

How they event raised $70,000 dollars.

The plan was to cook and sell racks of ribs. That soon increased to selling cakes, goodies, and all kinds of donated items

including a generator, bikes, prints and all kinds

  

of other items. They cooked and sold over 3000 racks of ribs. They sold 875 T-Shirts, Kettle Corn, Snow Cones, and Drinks.

Many of the volunteers maned the stations to help with the sells of these items. The auctioneer for the event was Bern Kinard,

he effectively auctioned off all of the donated items and entertained the crowd in the process. You could tell that many in the

crowd were bidding on items to show their support for the cause.

 

Pictured above is the T-Shirts that were sold at the event

 
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