Dyer Difference Award Recognizes Polk Sheriff's Charities


Last updated 2/28/2023 at 1:03pm

Courtesy of Ilena Luts

General Manager David Dlugokecki (left) presents the Dyer Difference Award to Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Sanders, representing Polk Sheriff's Charities.

The Dyer Difference Award for February has gone to Polk Sheriff's Charities.

Since 2006, Polk Sheriff's Charities have been supporting first responders and members of the community in a variety of ways that show dedication, commitment, and loyalty to Polk county residents. What started as a response to the murder of Deputy Matt Williams and K-9 DiOGi after a routine traffic stop, has blossomed into a veritable font of kindness and compassion for the community.

First responders who are facing tragic and unexpected events in their lives, like the families of Sergeant Ronnie Brown, who died as a result of injuries incurred in the line of duty and of Sergeant Wes Whitmore, who was hit and killed by a motor vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Robert Connors

Dyer Kia and Dyer Chevrolet are located on US 27 across from Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.

It's not just the families of first responders receiving support from Polk Sheriff's Charities, either. Children from Polk County's most economically-challenged neighborhoods have been surprised with holiday gifts, youth organizations have been gifted with team jerseys, victims of domestic violence have received support and assistance, and of course, the organization worked to replace K-9 DiOGi and other K-9 partners. This dedication to service and community have earned Polk Sheriff's Charities a round of applause and recognition from the February Dyer Difference Award.

Each month, members of the Dyer family and Dyer Kia and Dyer Chevrolet team meet to review the applications which have been submitted and select one non-profit organization to receive that month's recognition and $3,000 award. For the members of the Dyer team, it's all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it's an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you'd like to nominate a non-profit organization from Polk County for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit http://www.dyerdifference.org.


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