Sunday, February 17, 2019

VIP Transportation Group’s Barbara White (fourth from left) and Simon White (blue shirt) with members of the Windermere Police Dept. Windermere, Fla. — As part of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CFHLA’s) 13th annual Patriot Day 9/11 Adopt a Station event, Simon & Barbara White, co-owners of VIP Transportation Group and VIP Wedding Transportation, recently adopted the Windermere Police Department for a day, and treated their personnel to lunch. This annual tradition allows CFHLA members to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, and honor local law enforcement, fire rescue, EMS, and hospitality security personnel for above-and-beyond service in the line of duty.

The 9/11 Memorial in Windermere, Fla. “It only made sense for us to team up with our good friend Stephanie Desaulniers, the owner of the Dixie Cream Cafe, as this is our local breakfast haunt where we host our monthly Rolls-Royce & Bentley Car Club breakfast. Together, our companies are proud to support the Windermere Police Department, and especially on Patriot Day, and give thanks to the proud men and women who serve the city of Windermere,” said Simon, a former British Police Officer.

Officers present at the luncheon included Police Chief David Ogden, Deputy Chief Jennifer Treadwell, and Sgt. Mark Destefano.

Windermere also has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks in New York City, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. The memorial features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that fell to the ground among the rubble and debris. Surrounding it are ceramic tiles that honor those who died in the attacks; each person that lost their life had a tile representing their country.

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