Lake Alfred Fire Fighters Receive Free Meals from Cardiac Culpepper Foundation
by James Coulter
The crew at the Lake Alfred Fire Department did not have to worry about what to have for lunch. They received free home-cooked meals from the Cardiac Culpepper Foundation on Friday afternoon.
Melanie Brown dropped by the department on Friday to make the delivery, which included meatloaf, cookies, chips, and drinks as prepared and packaged by Bobby Williams and other volunteers at Freedom Tour Church in Lake Wales.
The staff members had enough time to receive the package, listen to Melanie’s story about her organization, and take a quick picture. They were not, however, authorized to answer any questions or make any comments.
Still, the firefighters were appreciative of the kind gesture and they commented how they were impressed by Melanie and her endeavors.
Melanie started the Cardiac Culpepper Foundation nearly two years ago following the untimely death of her late fiancée, Michael Culpepper. He had suffered cardiac arrest, and, despite the best efforts of the paramedics who arrived on the scene to attend him, shortly passed away.
To honor his memory, Melanie started the non-profit organization. Its mission is to assist local firefighters and EMT workers, raise awareness of heart health, and raise proceeds for scholarships to rescue workers and AEDs within the local community.
Due in part to her many fundraisers, including fishing tournaments and 5K walk, she has been able to raise enough money to install four AEDs at local establishments, including Old Man Frank’s, The Mission, Winter Haven Boxing, and Melanie’s Cutting Edge.
Melanie has big plans for the immediate future, including participating in the annual Crawlin on the Chain at Tanners Lakeside on Mar. 12, with proceeds going toward Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful and their upcoming clean-up on Earth Day.
Recently she received a check from Old Man Franks for her participation with them on Smoke on the Water. They did not need to do that for her, she said, but she appreciated their charity.
“I appreciate everyone supporting Culpepper CardiacFoundation and me with all the events I am involved in, and I appreciate Daily Ridge for standing near me as well,” she said.