By Bari Auerbach
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently joined in honoring heroic law enforcement officers who risk their lives serving and protecting the community during “A Salute to Law Enforcement” Aventura Marketing Council/World-Class Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. The momentous event was hosted by Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at the Newport Beachside Hotel.
Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman introduced Gimenez, who said, “We’re here today to honor men and women of 23 law enforcement agencies. For me, it’s somewhat personal, not only as mayor of Miami-Dade, but I’m also the sheriff of Miami-Dade County and started my career as a firefighter/paramedic and member of City of Miami Police SWAT team. Law enforcement and public safety are the most important things we handle in government.
“Law enforcement officers are the thin line between civilization and anarchy. They protect us each and every day and embody the saying, ‘Service before self.’ The 2.7 million residents of Miami-Dade are served by the finest police departments in the southeast and the U.S. We thank them for the work they do as we honor them today.”
Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman added, “For all the men and women who wear a badge and every day prioritize the public safety of our community, we are so, so grateful.”
Aventura Hospital CEO Dianne Goldenberg concurred, noting, “For the safety of Aventura Hospital patients and everyone that comes into our building, we rely on our law enforcement departments to help in that partnership. After becoming a Level Two trauma center, we see the dangers they face. We have a great appreciation for what they do and their help protecting our community.”
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota Helfman, joined by Goldenberg proceeded to welcome hundreds of business and community leaders gathered to applaud law enforcement officers representing: Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Coral Gables, Doral, El Portal, Fl. Dept. of Law Enforcement, Hollywood, Indian Creek, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, Miami-Dade North Operations, Miami-Dade Intracoastal District, Miami Gardens, Miami Shores, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Pinecrest, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside.
The “best in blue” program also featured the North Miami Beach Sr. High JROTC, Krop Sr. High JROTC and an inspirational rendition of the National Anthem sung by Cameron Wheeler, one of the AMC’s Young Stars from their Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center, platinum sponsor AT&T.
Perfectly in tune with the auspicious occasion, Wheeler also sang tribute songs including Hero and I Believe I Can Fly while Goldenberg and colleagues presented awards local law enforcement officers and their K-9s, accompanied by their municipality mayors, on behalf of Aventura Hospital’s entire administration and staff.
Sharing an update on the hospital’s growth, Goldenberg said, “We are expanding our Emergency Department to meet the growing needs of our community. The new area set to open in April 2016 will include fourteen new rooms, including five behavioral health and two isolation rooms. More good news is we’re building a new parking garage and three-story patient tower that will have 60 private patient rooms. Goldenberg also encouraged everyone to learn more about the hospital’s Behavioral Health Mindfulness Program focusing on issues such as stress management, especially relevant for professionals in the fields of health care and law enforcement.
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