Lee County Bar Association invites community to share random acts of kindness
The Lee County Bar Association recently introduced a grassroots initiative, #KindLee, to encourage and celebrate acts – both big and small – that showcase the prevalence of everyday good throughout Southwest Florida. Lee County residents are invited to post their stories with a photo on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Facebook or Pinterest and include the hashtag #KindLee. The goal is to collectively foster and feature a community where stability, engagement and fulfillment are attainable for all.
In current times, we have read about mass shootings, horrendous domestic violence, and life altering vehicle crashes. In all of these cases, deputies run toward the danger, not to enforce a law, but to save lives. Sheriff Mike Scott has continued that commitment by equipping his personnel with life-saving equipment. Once meant for the battlefield, advanced trauma care equipment is now available in every patrol car. Once meant for firefighters, breaching tools are now available in District Patrol vehicles. Once meant for SWAT, deputies now carry shotgun breaching rounds to forcibly defeat locked doors.
Our trainers could not find any other departments that allowed their non-SWAT personnel to use shotgun fired breaching rounds. Most of the first aid kits that other departments used consisted of band-aids and gauze; ours now had chest seals for sucking gunshot wounds and tourniquets, along with a hemostatic agent infused gauze to stop severe bleeding. We were in uncharted territory.
Deputies responded to a shooting call where a woman had been shot in the back of the head by her husband. The husband then turned the gun on himself. In this event, all of our fears seemed to subside as deputies were able to not only breach the door and get to the victims, but they were able to save both of their lives.
Shortly thereafter, the good news began pouring in. A deputy who was stabbed in the leg was saved by the actions of a fellow deputy who applied a tourniquet. A woman in a severe crash on State Road 82 was saved when her life-threatening bleeding was stopped by a deputy that used a seatbelt as a makeshift tourniquet. All of this preparation for a mass shooting incident ended up saving lives in everyday situations.
In late July 2016, around 12:30 on a Monday morning, the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a mass shooting incident at Club Blu. Two of (the 20) victims succumbed to their injuries. With a shooter still on the loose, our deputy was able to get to one of the victims to apply a tourniquet, stopping severe bleeding. Witnesses on scene were already trying to stop the bleeding with makeshift belt tourniquets, which proved unsuccessful in stopping the blood loss. Had it not been for the actions of the deputy in the most extreme of situations, another name may have been added to the list of those killed at the hands of criminals who have no regard for life.
A neighbor of mine once stated that he was amazed that we live in a country where with one phone call, people (Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS) from all over are willing to risk their lives to save yours. The everyday actions of the deputies at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office continue to demonstrate that at the heart of it, law enforcement officers are there to help and to save lives. Our principles of respect for human rights, community safety, and high standards for excellence and continuous improvements will remain and our actions will demonstrate that we will always remain “Proud to Serve.”
Lt. Scott Lineberger
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Training Section
BOOTS FROM THE BAR
“Whatever road we choose,
it’s always a little easier in a new pair of shoes.”
Do you have ANY shoes laying around in ANY condition that you can donate? The #KindLee Random Act of Kindness Committee is in need of men’s, women’s, and children’s’ shoes.
Please consider donating your extra shoes to the Lee County Bar Association in support of our Random Acts of Kindness initiative. We are collecting pairs of shoes to donate to the Soles4Soles Charity. This charity has donated over 30 millions pairs of shoes within the United States and in 127 countries. The only requirement is that both shoes be present. Find out more at https://soles4souls.org/ .
Every day, there are children who are unable to attend school because they do not have any shoes. This leaves them without an education and continues the cycle of poverty. Adults are prevented from working if they do not own a pair of shoes to walk in. Millions are exposed to unsanitary conditions that lead to diseases, which may lead to sickness, disability, and even death. A new pair of shoes provides relief in many developing nations around the globe, in times of disaster, and helps bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada. In developing nations, walking is the primary mode of transportation. With your help, we can provide a life-changing solution: a good pair of shoes.
We will be collecting shoe donations at the LCBA office and our monthly membership luncheons. Thank you for considering letting someone walk a mile in your shoes.
Offices with Drop Off Boxes:
Kelly Fayer Law PA
Pavese Law Firm
The Law Office Of Shirlarian Williams, PA
If you want to have your own dropoff or collection, you can bring any collected shoes to the Lee County Bar Association Office.
Amanda and Brian Bartley are the inspiration for #KindLee. After their baby, Trevor William Bartley, died at 32 weeks’ gestation due to a rare umbilical cord accident, the couple was open about their grief. Then they gave their friends an incredible gift: the opportunity to imbue their son’s too-brief presence on Earth with rich and lasting meaning. By performing a random act of kindness, everyone in the family’s community had the opportunity to make the world a better place. The couple created a card that friends could hand out to strangers that read: “Please accept this random act of kindness in honor of a sweet baby angel, Trevor William Bartley.” No fewer than 200 random acts of kindness were performed in Trevor’s memory. Thank you, Amanda and Brian, for your example of courage and grace in the face of an unfathomable loss.
Matt Raulerson transmuted his grief into kindness. He and wife Bess held their premature daughter, Emma, for the first time almost two weeks after her birth. Later that night she died from heart failure caused by the chromosomal abnormality Trisomy 18. Infants born with the condition were deemed “incompatible with life,” and therefore doctors did not aggressively pursue surgical intervention. Even now, the medical community has a lot of catching up to do. So Matt founded Hope for Trisomy 13 and 18 to help fund research and raise awareness. In this way, the short life of the Raulersons’ “angel baby” gains everlasting meaning in kindness to other families. HopeforTrisomy13and18.org
“Let your heart be bigger than you ever thought it could be,” Lisa Musial says. She is in the process of adopting a foster child, and has fostered children for two years, mostly on a respite, which is a short-term basis. For those who have considered fostering, Lisa says emphatically, “Do not be afraid.” People ask about getting attached and then giving the child back. She responds, “It’s easy to give up a child short term when you know they will get placed long term, and you know so many are waiting for a placement. Your home is better than any group home. Respite foster parents are desperately needed.”
Christine Wright has also been a foster parent for the last couple of years, and is trying to adopt a 10-year-old girl who moved in last July. Older children have lower rates of being adopted than infants. “I don’t need to have a baby,” she said. “I had friends who let me be involved with their young children.” Already, the benefits have been manifest. Christine says of her daughter: “I have seen her grow so much in the six months she’s been with me – emotionally, her grades, everything.”