Councilman Elvis Maldonado, partnered with the Homestead Police Department and a wide array of local businesses and organizations to host the Celebrating Safe Communities event at The Charter School at Waterstone.
Over one hundred residents attended the event where they learned valuable information about crime prevention techniques, gun safety, fire safety, and hurricane preparedness. The October 18 event not only gave participants a lot of valuable information from experts in the field but it also offered a chance to enjoy some local dance troupes and to interact with first responders.
“I am very pleased with the turnout here this afternoon,” said Councilman Maldonado. “Personal safety and that of our loved ones is one of the most important lessons we can offer our residents. I can’t say enough about our local and county fire fighters and police officers and others that gave of themselves today to educate and connect with the communities they watch over.”
Among the organizations that participated in Councilman Maldonado’s event were Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, which distributed free fire extinguishers, Start Off Smart, which gave away free bicycle helmets, Homestead Kiwanis, providing free children’s books, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency, the Homestead Police Department SWAT team, Mayor’s Crime Watch, The State Attorney’s Office of Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Keeping Kids Safe Foundation and McGruff the Crime Dog, which presented valuable crime prevention information. Sponsors and participants included the Charter School at Waterstone, Walmart, Walgreens, Malibu Bay, 1st National Bank, Waterstone & South Dade Community Development District, The South Dade News Leader, Extraordinary Martial Arts, Huney Shine Dance Studio and the Florida City Panthers Xtream Cheerleaders.