Officer Edward Cutie of the Fort Myers Police Department is originally from Key West and was a member of the Key West Police Department. After finally getting in touch with old colleagues and friends in the Keys and learning first hand of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, an idea hit him last night to collect a truck load of supplies and get them to first responders in Key West. He immediately sent out an email to his fellow members of the FMPD with this message. “I know this is last minute but I will be heading down to Key West tomorrow to take KWPD Officers supplies. My friend said what they really need are like garbage bags, tarps, plastic bins etc. He said they have not received any help with these, leaving their homes or what's left of them and their personal belongings exposed. He added, “Basic essentials like shirts, socks, baby wipes, etc. My friend said that if I was able to get them energy drinks they would love it as they don't have access to anything and are exhausted.”
Twelve hours later the plan shift from Officer Cutie’s personal pick-up truck to a 24 foot U-Haul being filled with cases of water, diapers, hygiene products, chain saws, cleaning products, storage bins, clothing and much, much more. FMPD officers worked along with National Guardsmen in a bucket brigade line tossing boxes of MRE’s (meals ready to eat) and other supplies onto the truck while others hauled loaded hand trucks up the ramp of the ramp of the moving van. By 1PM the truck was packed with donated items and products purchased with funds donated by officers, merchants and friends. The truck is now on its way to our fellow Law Enforcement Officers who took the brunt of Hurricane Irma.
Special thanks go to Home Depot Punta Gorda & The Forum, Walmart - Colonial, Race Trac-US 41/Edison, Lowes on Dynasty, BJ’s Mgr. Barry Sillie, Race Trac – MLK/Ortiz, Pepsi, private citizens and FMPD.