Melbourne Police Spend Day Receiving, Showing Thanks In Grateful Community
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Space Coast Daily // July 24, 2016
felt like a good old fashioned neighborhood
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –In the face of recent tragedy, many Americans have decided to show their appreciation to the men and women in law enforcement.
With nine police officers having been killed in the past month in Dallas and Baton Rouge, individuals and local communities all over this country, and especially right here in Brevard County, have shown acts of kindness from buying or making baked goods to simply giving hugs.
On Friday morning in the neighborhood known as Wickham Forrest, the men and women of the Melbourne Police Department came into the community to thank a young man for his act of kindness and while there decided to boost the “local” economy some.
How bad has it been lately? I live in the neighborhood where these kind acts of support took place and watched as police cars, K9 Units and even a CSI van was drove through on their way to their first stop.
Once seeing all of the patrol cars, I thought oh know, it’s happening right here where I live and immediately texted the editor of Space Coast Daily to check and see if a shooting had taken place in my very own backyard so to speak.
Thankfully, there was nothing tragic to report. On this morning in Wickham Forrest, the M.P.D showed their appreciation for all of the support they had received from one local citizen and then stopped to help out a couple of young entrepreneurs.
I didn’t have to wait long to know what actually happened – thanks to the department’s Facebook page.
The following two stories appeared with the first involving a young man named Kobi.
The First Facebook Post:
This week we were able to meet a great kid and some great parents. Kobi is the young man’s name. He took time from his summer vacation of skating and doing fun kid stuff to make over 50 hand crafted support police key chains! In return, we went out and thanked him with some of our fun stuff!
Also, Texas Roadhouse – Melbourne gave him a gift certificate! Thank you Texas Roadhouse!
Thank you Kobi! We are very appreciative of your selfless act! And thank you to Kobi’s parents, you both should be proud.
Once the men and women of the Melbourne Police Department were finsihed taking pictures and showing a grateful citizen in Kobi the high tech poice equipment it was on to to the scene of a roadside business that thrives this time of the year in the Florida– and they didn’t have to go far.
The Second Facebook Post:
The Melbourne Police Department shut down at little girl’s lemonade stand today!
Actually the lemonade was delicious! We helped little Madison 7 years old and her brother Colt make a ton of money
After one of the worst 20 day stretches in United States law enforcement history, it is refreshing and satisfying to see the men and women in blue in the communities they patrol, having fun.
It is equally satisfying to see communities showing their love and support for what is on most days, a thankless and potentially life altering job.
As a 46-year old man that has seen his fair share of tragedies, I did feel hope watching this take place in my community. It’s unfortunate that appreciation, gratitude and togetherness in a community must sometimes result from unspeakable tragedy.
The best feeling was, for the first time in a long time, having a sense of pride that my family was living in the type of neighborhood I grew up in. One that had hard-working good people living in it that appreciated it’s civil servants.
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