Mizner Country Club honors 140 first responders

By Gary Curreri

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Nov 11, 2021 3:21 PM

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Levi Ben-Jacobs tries on some equipment with the help of PBSO SWAT Deputy Joseph Littky at the fifth annual First Responders Day at Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach.

Levi Ben-Jacobs tries on some equipment with the help of PBSO SWAT Deputy Joseph Littky at the fifth annual First Responders Day at Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach. (Katie Chase/Courtesy)

Palm Beach County first responders were once again recognized for their tireless service to the community recently at Mizner Country Club’s fifth annual First Responders Day.

The Palm Beach County’s Emergency Medical Services, Police and Fire Departments and Mizner’s Private Security were invited to take part in a tribute luncheon and play a round of golf at the club in Delray Beach. In total, 140 first responders were present at the event.

Mizner Country Club’s director of membership Marie Mitchalk said it’s one of the club’s annual traditions to recognize first responders.

“For the past five years, the Mizner community has come together to pay it forward to the many first responders who serve us daily,” she said. “As the community has grown, so has our dependence on the services they provide.

Levi Ben-Jacobs and PBSO SWAT Deputy Joseph Littky enjoy First Responders Day at Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach.

Levi Ben-Jacobs and PBSO SWAT Deputy Joseph Littky enjoy First Responders Day at Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach. (Katie Chase/Courtesy)

“While we could never repay for all they do for us, we realized what we could do is give them a day of leisure — a full luncheon and a round of golf,” she said. “We hope to continue this tradition for years to come.”

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw spoke individually to members at this year’s event.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a strong relationship with Sheriff Bradshaw and his district command officers, as well as fire-rescue departments and other first responder teams that serve our community daily,” said Gordon Llewellyn, Mizner’s director of security. “We believe we are helping to reshape the community policing model in South Florida”

Mitchalk also thanked Susan Feldman, the event’s chairwoman, for her time and dedication in organizing the annual event.

“Susan dedicates a tremendous amount of time communicating with many of our local PBSO, PBFD, DPD, BPD, PBGPD officials so that we can make today happen,” she said.

The day also included tours for Mizner members, their children and grandchildren of the latest fire engines and SWAT, and bomb vehicles, K-9 and tactical teams, as well as visits from mounted police units.

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