WATCH: Brevard Law Enforcement, First Responder Appreciation Day and BBQ at Kiwanis Island Park Attracts Huge Crowd

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Event presented by a consortium of area businesses and concerned citizens

WATCH: The second annual Brevard County Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day and Bar-B-Que was held Sunday afternoon at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island to show support and appreciation to those who risk their lives to protect ours.

ABOVE VIDEO: President of Back Brevard Heroes Sherri Centore, VP of Kimberley Tucker and Treasurer Jennifer Parrish discuss the second annual Brevard County Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day and Bar-B-Que that was held Sunday, July 25 at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island to show support and appreciation to those who risk their lives to protect ours.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The second annual Brevard County Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day and Bar-B-Que was held Sunday afternoon at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island to show support and appreciation to those who risk their lives to protect ours.

The event, which was presented by a consortium of area businesses and concerned citizens.

“We invited all law enforcement, EMT and firefighters to come out and bring their families to have a free meal and enjoy outdoor games for children and let our local community businesses thank them and show them the support they deserve,” said Tina Herman of Triangle Auto on Merritt Island.

The public wass invited to also attend to say “thank you” and enjoy a delicious meal for a small donation, with all proceeds going to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity‘s youth programs.

In addition to the great food, fun games, music and special tributes, Sheriff Wayne Ivey was on hand to take on all comers in “Dunk the Sheriff” for a donation to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity.

The idea for the event for a community Bar-B-Que to honor law enforcement and first responders began last year with a discussion by Jennifer Parrish of 321 Closing on the Merritt Island Community News & Info Facebook page and then citizens posted about doing something supportive and positive for our dedicated local first responders.

“The world is going crazy and we felt like we needed to do something positive,” said Herman.

In addition to Parrish and Herman, the primary organizing committee includes Gem and Connie Gurgan of Hayes Meats; Kimberly Tucker of I Do Weddings Plus Events; Stephi Moretto and Nic Moretto of Tactful Elite Security Solution; and Patrick Wallace of Wallace Air Conditioning & Heating.

Kay’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q will provide the equipment to cook the food provided by Hayes Meats.

The second annual Brevard County Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day and Bar-B-Que was held Sunday afternoon at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island to show support and appreciation to those who risk their lives to protect ours.

“This is completely funded by local volunteers and donations,” said Tucker. “The public is invited to say thank you during the event and are welcome to a meal for a donation.

In addition to the great food, fun games, music and special tributes, Sheriff Wayne Ivey was on hand to take on all comers in “Dunk the Sheriff” for a donation to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity.

Adding to the excitement was a display of law enforcement and first responder equipment, and a contingent of Brevard’s outstanding K9s was also on hand to educate the public.

For more information, or to make a donation or to volunteer please call 321-243-0522.

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