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Kissimmee police announce anniversary event for fallen heroes

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

The Kissimmee Police Department has announced how it will honor its two fallen heroes on the anniversary of the tragedy.

On Aug. 18, the Kissimmee Police Department will be hosting the Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matt Baxter Community Barbecue that will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. This free event is designed to bring the community together as a celebration of life and a thank you to the community for all the love and support that was provided during the months after the tragedy.

“The month of May was a time for the department to visit the police memorials held in Tallahassee and Washington D.C.  Those events were very important in the healing process and for members of the department to see how our heroes are honored and will never be forgotten. It is time now for a lighter event, giving members of the department a chance to have fun and fellowship with our community.  We want to appreciate the community that wrapped their arms around us when we needed it most.  We are committed to keeping the momentum,” said Police Chief Jeff O’Dell.

The specifics of the event are still being planned, but there will be games, entertainment and barbecue, while supplies last.  The event is open to the public.  The department hopes this will be an annual event.  For more information about specifics of the event, follow the Kissimmee Police Department on Facebook and Twitter.