This year OPIF held an event to show appreciation to our local veterans and first responders. OPIF invited Dr. Daniel Middlebrooks, Plant City Police Chief Duncan and Major Rick Roebuck with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to speak at the event. 

Michelle Valdes, president of Operation Paying It Forward, said it was important for her organization to host this event because she wanted to show appreciation to and honor local veterans and first responders. She said they do so much for the community and are rarely thanked for their sacrifice and hard work.