May Message from Chief Parry

Published on May 01, 2022

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May brings us a month of many special recognitions. I don’t know why but it seems like every time someone wants to recognize a special group, day, food or profession, they choose a date in May to do it. There are so many things to recognize during this month, some important, and some not so important. I point to National Truffle Day, which is celebrated on May 2nd as the “not so important day’ we celebrate in May.

Also kicking off on May 2nd in Broward County is Teacher Appreciation Week. One of the most valuable items we can give to our children is a good education. During the Covid Pandemic, our teachers were put to the test. They had to overcome difficult obstacles to educate our children virtually and then readjust as the kids returned to the classroom. Please join me in celebrating and honoring our teachers.  

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, a day selected to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. The right to report or circulate news without censorship from the government was considered one of the vital rights by our Founding Fathers. That is why this right is contained in the First Amendment. We need a free and fair press to inform us so we can make correct decisions on important issues that affect our lives. Unfortunately, new technologies and laxed reporting standards have created new challenges that we must solve. Many news outlets have forgone fact-based news reporting for opinion news. Some news outlets are more interested in being first than being right, and others have been found to edit or omit facts to change the story to fit a particular narrative. According to recent polls, trust in the media is very low. That is not good for our country and we must take steps to correct this.     

May 6th - 12th we celebrate “Nurse’s Week” and May 8th – 14th is “Hospital Appreciation Week.” I hope you all would agree with me that the last two years has brought into focus how special our nurses, doctors and other hospital employees are. During the pandemic, they worked long hours, treating sick patients, and saving lives. These brave folks put themselves in harm’s way as they cared for others. They are truly heroes. We are very fortunate to have several fantastic hospitals in our area, including our very own Broward Health Coral Springs. The wonderful staff of dedicated professionals do a fantastic job of caring for our sick. Please help me celebrate them by thanking them for all they do! 

May 8th is Mother’s Day. I hope you all take the time to cherish and celebrate your mom. My mom is no longer here, but I have faith that we will be together again on the other side. If your mom is alive, please take the time to tell her you love her and thank her for all she has done for you.  

As many of you know who follow my Facebook page, I recently traveled to Tallahassee to attend the 40th Annual Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Service. This service was special to many of the members of our department because one of our own was added to the memorial wall. Sgt. Pat Madison was honored during the memorial service at the State Capital. Pat was the first, and I hope the last, Coral Springs Officer to have his name etched on the memorial wall. Pat will also be honored at the National Police Officer’s Memorial in Washington D.C. this year. His name will be one of the 563 new names that will be inscribed on the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

National Police Week is May 15th – 21st this year. This is the week we celebrate police officers and honor those offices who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their communities. If you see an officer during this week, please thank him or her. If you see one of our officers, please let them know you are thinking about Pat Madison. The smallest gestures can have a huge impact.

May 24th is Asparagus Day. Where do they come up with this stuff? Not a day I will be celebrating but I will celebrate International Hamburger Day which is May 28.

We close out May with Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st. While many of us will spend time during Memorial Day Weekend entertaining family and friends with a BBQ, I would ask all of us to take a moment to remember those servicemen and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. We should honor those who gave their lives to protect this great nation. Please take some time to remember those brave soldiers.

I will end this as I started it. The month of May is about celebrations and recognitions. I hope you all take the time to honor your mom, teachers, nurses, hospital personnel, police officers and veterans who lost their lives in the service to our nation. I know I will. If you haven’t already, please connect with me on Facebook @ChiefParry. 

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