Navajo Nation Vice President Nez Jump Starts a Running Event for the Tohajiilee Chapter

Published March 28, 2017 TOHAJIILEE, NEW MEXICO – On March 23, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez visited with organizations and chapter officials to start planning for the “Pray, Run, Eat Healthy, & Exercise Daily” event on May 17, 2017. “I want to thank everyone that came to this planning meeting. We are excited to help […]

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Cherokee Nation Foundation Accepting Applications to Fourth Annual ACT Prep Camp

Published March 28, 2017 Weeklong camp offered to Cherokee citizens at no cost TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Foundation is now accepting applications for its fourth annual ACT prep camp June 5 – 10 at Northeastern State University. The camp is offered to rising juniors and seniors and provides 15 hours of intensive ACT prep instruction as […]

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2 undercover Miami-Dade officers shot, taken to hospital in pickup truck

A pickup truck carrying two wounded Miami-Dade police officers sped up to the doors of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Monday night.

The two officers, who are members of a violent crime task force, were ambushed by two men while they were conducting surveillance at an apartment complex as part of a multi-agency operation on gang activity, Maj. Hector Llevat said. 

There was an exchange of gunfire at the apartment complex in the 1900 block of Northwest 59th Street, but the two shooters were able to get away on foot, Llevat said.

It’s unclear if the two men were struck in the crossfire. 

Other officers in the area went to help their wounded colleagues.

“They could smell the gunpowder,” Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez said. “They were running after the smell of gunpowder, trying to find these individuals.”

The wounded officers were rushed to the hospital in the bed of a pickup. They were able to work their way out off the truck with the help of other officers, and limp into the hospital. 

They were listed in stable condition Monday night. 

“We do whatever we have to do to save our officers,”  Perez said. “We got lucky tonight that the officers will survive. It’s not going to deter us. In fact, what this does is the opposite. This burns a fire inside of us right now to continue to work even harder.” 

The shooters remain at large and are believed to be armed.

“These are the people who are shooting our kids,” Perez said. “These are the people that shoot at the Martin Luther King parade. These are the people who are causing that havoc in our community. And we’re not going to stop. This isn’t going to deter us from doing our jobs. This is going to ignite a bigger fire within us to protect our citizens, our communities, and our neighborhoods here in Miami-Dade.”

Perez asked the public for prayers for the two injured officers and called on anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. 

“That’s what these guys are, murderers in our community. So let’s get together, let’s work together, to find a resolution to what occurred here tonight,” he said. “Point us in the right direction.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez echoced Perez’s message and said attacks on officers will not be to tolerated in Miami-Dade County.

“You can see by the tone and also the look on their faces, we’re all united. Whoever perpetrated this crime against our two officers, we’re going to do everything in our power to arrest them, and bring them to justice,” Gimenez said.

He then asked for those with information to come forward.

“If they can shoot a police officer, they can shoot at anybody,” Gimenez said. “So we want to put these perpetrators away before they hurt anyone else or God forbid, kill somebody else, because they have no regard for anything in our community. They don’t deserve to be walking the streets of Miami-Dade County.” 

Police released a description for one of the two shooters. 

That person is described as being between 17 to 18 years old and was last seeing wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt that was closed in a way that only his eyes were shown. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 


Kissimmee Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks

Kissimmee Fire Department first responders are now best-equipped to save a pet’s life in a time of need.

Invisible Fence of Central Florida donated five pet oxygen mask kits this week to the department.

The donation from Invisible Fence is a small part of the brand’s Project Breathe program, which has the goal of equipping every fire station in North America with pet oxygen masks.

The masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires, and could help save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over North America so far. More than 150 pets have been reported to be saved by the donated masks so far, according to the company.

In the photo (above), a donated pet-sized oxygen mask is used by a Kissimmee firefighter in 2015 on a small dog.