By Jim Donnelly
The new Coral Springs Police Chief utilized his skills behind the BBQ grill Saturday to “meat” community members and build relationships.
“I love to BBQ in my spare time, which isn’t too often, unfortunately,” said Police Chief Brad McKeone. “This is a way for me to put a personal touch on an event and hopefully share some good food.”
Growing up in Coral Springs, McKeone’s family ran the concession stand at Mullins Park. Later in life, he was a cook at Roadhouse grill. He learned quickly that seeing someone enjoy a meal he prepared gave him a special feeling. When it brought people together, it was even better. He decided that he would put his cooking skills to good use.
Saturday at the old firehouse on Coral Springs Drive, members of the Coral Springs Police Department served over 200 members of the community and city employees chicken, pulled pork, or brisket, hot dogs or burgers (for the kids) along with two sides and a drink, all for $10.
Pastor Trevor R Wallace and his wife Loretta came out to show their appreciation and let the department know they appreciate them for putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
“We have a deep respect for police officers. If they were not in place, it would be like the wild west out here. We are here to support them and want to let them know that we citizens are supporting and appreciate them.”
McKeone hopes the “Meat The Chief” event will bring his department and officers closer to the community they serve.
“Relationships in life are so important. A positive relationship between our police department and the community it protects and serves is vital to our success,” said McKeone. “My hope is that we strengthen the relationships we already have and that we are able to establish new ones with others during this event.”
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- A Coral Springs resident for over 30 years, Jim Donnelly has had a 40-year career as a photographer, videographer, and editor for South Florida affiliate news stations, along with CNN, ESPN, ABC Sports and News, NBC Sports and News, Fox News, and CBS. Donnelly has won several awards, including EMMY’s, for his team coverage. Currently, he owns Image Masters Photography and works as a Realtor.
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