Rockledge Police Officer Captures Track Medals
By Ed Pierce // June 25, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Turns out one of Brevard’s finest is actually pretty skilled as an athlete too.
Michael Cadore, 45, supervisor of the Community Relations unit for the Rockledge Police Department, powered to victories in the 2012 Florida Police & Fire Games at Sebastian River High School last Friday.
Cadore captured a gold medal in the 100-meter dash and as a member of the winning 4 X 100 meter relay team.
“It was an honor and an awesome experience representing our agency and city,” Cadore said.
Winning the 100-meter dash wasn’t a surprise for Cadore, who starred on two state high school football championship teams at Titusville High School.
He played college football for Eastern Kentucky University and was drafted in 1989 by the New Orleans Saints. Injuries prevented him from playing in the NFL, but he did go on to play in the World League of American Football’s Montreal Machine in 1991.
Returning to Brevard County, Cadore has worked in law enforcement in a variety of roles, including serving as a corrections officer, a probation officer, a street patrol policemen and in community relations for the Rockledge Police.
He is a devoted family man, remains committed to a host of civic and church-related activities and since 1997 has been a volunteer for the Rockledge Raiders Youth Football program, where serves as the program’s president.
His service with the Raiders has helped hundreds of kids in the community, whether it be through the youth football program’s emphasis on fostering obtaining good grades in school, or through an annual event called “I Got Skillz,” an youth football clinic featuring former college and professional players as teachers and role models for the kids who attend.
Cadore originally thought he was just going to compete in this year’s Police & Fire Games in the 100 meter dash, but was asked to join the winning 4 X 100 relay team.
“After completing the 100 meter race, I was requested to participate in the 4 x 100 meter relay race with members from Miami and Sarasota,” he said. “I felt honored to even be considered. I ran in the 18- to 29-year-old category. Being 45-years-old, even my kids said ‘Dad, don’t do it.’”