SWFL Heroes Foundation
Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides support for First Responders including Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters/EMS, Military (Active Duty & Veterans), ATF, FBI, DHS, and the families, widows, and orphans of fallen officers in Lee, Collier, and Hendry counties.
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SWFL Heroes Foundation: Our Mission

Tragically, first responders and veterans are killed in the line of duty and their families and friends are left to cope with the tragic loss. SWFL Heroes Foundation provides these at-need individuals with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives. Our organization’s passion and drive, along with the support from our local communities through fundraising and donations, allows us to provide support for our local Heroes. Thank you for joining us along on our journey and for providing financial support through your generous contributions.

The S.W. Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce that Cecil Pendergrass has recently joined the 501(c)3 Non-Profit in a Director position.

Mr. Pendergrass has worked for the Fort Myers Police Dept. for 24 years from 1984-2008 in various roles. Mr. Pendergrass was also the President of The Gulf Coast of the Florida Police Benevolent Assoc. from 2004-2011. Commissioner Pendergrass has served as a Lee Co. Commissioner since 2012-present.

To learn more about the S.W. Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc. please visit us online at Facebook.com/SWFLHeroes

Upcoming Events: 13th Annual Fort Myers Police Department 5K Race “Cops 7 Joggers” Saturday, October 10, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 5K race is now a digital event.

As you may be aware, the race was first established in 2008 to assist the family of Officer Andrew Widman who was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2008. Ten years later, our community was deeply saddened by the death of Officer Adams Jobbers-Miller who was shot in the line of duty on July 21, 2018, and subsequently died from his injuries on July 28, 2018.

On Friday, September 18, 2020, at 11 AM, The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation will be presenting the Fort Myers Police Department with a donation check in the amount of $500 to benefit the annual Cops & Joggers 5K fundraiser. The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation holds the Andrew A. Widman Memorial Scholarship at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy which was created in 2019 with the blessings of Officer Widman’s family. The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation is honored to help promote the annual Fundraiser. Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation proudly accepts the invitation to participate in donating $250 for each Fallen Officer their Agency has suffered over the years.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund and the Brotherhood Ride. The Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund aids police officers, or the families of officers, who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. The Brotherhood Ride honors fallen police officers and firefighters by riding bicycles to their hometown. The group assists police officers and firefighters, as well as their families, in the event of an illness, injury, or death. Our goal is to have 1,000 participants and raise $20,000.00. Hopefully, having a Virtual 5K will allow us to reach our target!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact either Officer Mary Ellen Hughes at mhughes@fmpolice.com or 239.246.4382 or Officer Kristi Neroni at kneroni@fmpolice.com or 239.699.8229. 

If you would like to participate in the virtual 5K, visit the signup website to register and to receive more detailed information about the event.

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Get Involved, Become A Volunteer

Our success depends on the support we receive from our local community members. Join us as a Committee Member or a general volunteer and help us spread the word about the SWFL Heroes Foundation. Assist with fundraising efforts, facilitate the collection of donations, and lend a helping hand at special events.

S.W. Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc

The purpose of SWFL Heroes is to support first responders and the families of fallen officers killed in the line of duty. But we can't do it without your help. Please support us today.

Honor Their Memory and Contribute To Those In Need

The purpose of SWFL Heroes is to support first responders and the families of fallen officers killed in the line of duty. But we can't do it without your help. Please support us today. Make a one-time contribution or set up a recurring donation based on your giving preferences.

Support The Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Julian Keen Jr., 30, was fatally shot on Sunday, June 14, 2020, in LaBelle, Florida. To honor his life and sacrifice, the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship was established to support young people committed to pursuing a career in criminal justice. #BeLikeJulian

Spread Holiday Cheer With Christmas Bikes

This holiday season, join us as we spread Christmas cheer to children who may wake up without gifts under the tree. Our Christmas Bike initiative ensures that kids across our community can share in the joy of the holiday season and have a bike to enjoy all year long.

Support The Andrew Widman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Though more than a decade has passed since the tragic passing of Officer Andrew Widman, we continue to honor his legacy and service through the Andrew Widman Memorial Scholarship. Whether you can make a one-time donation or can commit to providing a recurring gift, your generosity will benefit those most in need.

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How You Can Help

Your service can help our organization grow to provide meaningful support to our Heroes and their families. We encourage you to volunteer for our organization. Use your skills in a productive way to contribute to a cause you care about.

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The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting First Responders including, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters/EMS, Military (Active Duty & Veterans), Coast Guard, ATF, FBI, DHS and their immediate families, widows, and orphans in Lee, Collier & Hendry counties in Southwest Florida.

Along with our passion and drive, the help and support from the local communities across SW Florida inspires us and allows us to provide support to our local Heroes. We thank you in advance for Joining us along our journey and for providing financial support through Donations.

We encourage you to consider Volunteering to become a Committee Member or just help us by Spreading the Word.

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