The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise has expanded its Kindness on Patrol Service (KOPS) program to include the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and members of the Collier County EMS, while on assignment to Marco Island. Originally, Rotary’s KOPS program partnered solely with the Marco Island Police Department. Including fire rescue and EMS personnel will expand the opportunities to help the Marco Island community.
The KOPS program was initiated to reimburse Marco Island police officers, community service officers, reserve officers and auxiliary when they make a purchase to meet an immediate need of a Marco Islander. The only prohibition is that the first responder may not provide cash or cash equivalent to a recipient.
In 2015, the KOPS program began with $1,000 contributions from Marco Islanders Keith Dameron, William G. Morris and the Sunrise Rotary. William G. Morris is the program administrator. The Sunrise Rotary board of directors has approved funding for the KOPS program in 2016.
Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy is enthusiastic about the expansion, and expressed his belief the members of his department would “take off and run with it.” Chief Murphy also hopes that members of the Marco Island community will advise fire rescue of anyone in need who could benefit from the program.
If you are aware of a person in need that might benefit from the KOPS program, please contact the Marco Island Police Department at 239-394-5050 or the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department at 239-394-5405.
For further information about the KOPS program, please contact William G. Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information concerning the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, please visit the Club’s website at www.marcosunriserotary.com.