LOCAL HEROES SERIES: TURNING PASSION INTO PURPOSE

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office


PIO Number: 21-5-23

Date: May 28, 2021

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For strong communities like Broward County to thrive, they need leaders and people willing to serve. Heather Geronemus fits both of those requirements.

On the latest episode of the Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast, Geronemus speaks with Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony about her path to leadership, her passion for service and her ongoing commitment to making Broward County a safe and productive place for people to live.

Geronemus has been active in improving her communities throughout her life, and the death of her father in 2009 at the hands of a drunk driver spurred her to even greater activism through MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Geronemus serves as the chair of the MADD National Board of Directors and the chair of MADD South Florida. 

Geronemus knows firsthand the pain of losing a loved one in a drunk driving crash. She urges everyone to avoid drinking and driving as the Memorial Day weekend kicks off a summer of relaxation and parties while the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“You plan ahead for your parties. You plan ahead for your dinners out and your outfit. Just take that one more step and plan ahead for a safe way home. It really doesn’t take that much effort,” Geronemus said. “God forbid you finally get to see your family members and then you don’t make it home.”

Geronemus, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, reminds everyone to use a ride-sharing service, a cab, public transportation or a designated driver if you’ve been drinking. 

Listen to Sheriff Tony’s conversation with Heather Geronemus in the latest episode of Shop Talk with the Sheriff for free HERE or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, iHeartRadio, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic and Castbox. 

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THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO