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Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Cape Coral Police Department for it's "Fill the Boat Toy Drive"


(December 24, 2012)- The Cape Coral Police Department has been recognized by Governor Rick Scott for its efforts during the sixth annual "Fill the Boat Toy Drive."


In a letter to Police Chief Jay Murphy dated December 20, 2012, Governor Scott writes:


"Thank you for collecting donations for the sixth annual Fill the Boat Toy Drive.  


By linking your talents and resources and working with the United States Coast Guard, you have given much needed assistance to those you serve. I appreciate and thank you for your generosity of time and energy, your compassionate attitude, and your dedication to your community. The Fill the Boat toy drive and the work you do every day provides tremendous help to individuals and families in need.  Thank you again for your service to your community.


Best wishes for a safe and happy new year!"


The Fill the Boat Toy Drive is a project that was started by Cape Coral Police Officer Matthew Squires.  Officer Squires is currently on military deployment and was not able to organize or participate in this year's toy drive.  His fellow officers recognized the importance of this program and stepped up to the plate to make sure that just because Officer Squires couldn't be here, the boat would still get filled.


"“Fill the Boat” is Matt Squire’s personal project.  With Matt being deployed in service to his nation the event could have easily been forgotten this year.   That was not the case, nor was it ever a likelihood with our quality of folks.  To those that stood up in Matt’s absence – thank you as I cannot think of a better recognition of Matt’s service to his nation than us helping Cape Coral’s less fortunate children."- B.A. "Jay Murphy, Chief of Police.