The For Paul Foundation

Honoring Heroes in Honor of Our Hero

The For Paul Foundation was founded in honor of 36 year old Critical Care Flight Paramedic Paul Besaw, killed in the line of duty on June 1, 2017.  During Paul's 18 years in EMS he helped others through teaching, and training. Paul was the guy that you called when you needed help on a call. He would always answer eagerly no matter the time and would never pass judgement.  Paul was not only a dedicated paramedic but he was a loving husband to his wife Dawn and the most attentive and caring father to their daughter Allison who was 5 at the time of her father’s death.  

Our Foundation a 501 (c)3 not for profit aims to honor Paul by supporting, honoring, and providing education for other first responders EMS, Ambulance Personnel, Medical Flight Services and their families. We provide scholarships for high school seniors wishing to become EMTs, Paramedics, or Firefighters. We work to make sure all EMS, First Responders, and their families are recognized for their dedication to keeping others safe and fully supported. One of our major areas of focus is to support families that have suffered from losing a loved one in the line of duty. For more information or to become a sponsor of one of our many events and efforts please contact us through our contact page or via phone 954.540.0268.

Past Events

Heroes Dinner03 Jun 202316690 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL, USA
Skee Ball Tournament02 Jun 2023Silverball Pinball Museum
Spaghetti with Santa December 22nd @ 5:3022 Dec 202213718 West State Road 84, Davie, FL, USA
Heroes Dinner04 Jun 202216690 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL, USA
FIRE HOUSE DINNER RAFFLE20 Apr 2022Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL, USA
Strike a Box Scholarship15 Apr 2022
2022 Community Hero Scholarships01 Apr 2022
Pomp, Snow & CIRQUEumstance Treasure Chest full of goodies!10 Dec 2021To Be Announced
Spaghetti with Santa December 9th @7:30 - Copy09 Dec 202113718 West State Road 84, Davie, FL, USA
Spaghetti with Santa December 9th @ 5:3009 Dec 202113718 West State Road 84, Davie, FL, USA
Peer Support Group for Families suffering from a line of duty death19 Aug 2021Online Event
Heroes Dinner05 Jun 2021Bonaventure Town Center
Egg My Yard01 Apr 2021At Your Home
Hero WOD06 Feb 202111551 University Boulevard, Orlando, FL, USA
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Future Community Hero Scholarship in partnership with IAFF Local 4321
During Paul’s 18 years in EMS he helped others through teaching and training. This scholarship was created to continue that legacy and will be awarded to high school seniors who wish to pursue a career as a Firefighter, EMT or Paramedic. We are honored to be partnering with The International Association of Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local #4321 to bring this scholarship to students.
  • Students must reside in Broward County 
  • Volunteer in the Community 
  • 3.0 minimum weighted grade point average
  • Each student must write an essay not to exceed 750 typed words, explaining why you want to pursue a career as a Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic. Include a list of any relevant certifications or trainings you have completed such as first aid, life guard training, etc.
  • Recommendation from a non-related First Responder; must include their contact information for verification purposes
Find the application HERE or email ​​​​
Please call Dawn 954.540.0268 with any questions
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Fire Academy Scholarship  in partnership with The South Florida Fools
The For Paul Foundation and The South Florida Fools will be awarding scholarships in honor of Lieutenant Kevin Johns and Firefighter Francis Jankowski. The Dillon family has graciously donated a full scholarship to be awarded in honor of Captain James O'Neill Dillon.
These scholarships are available to individuals that have completed EMT or Paramedic School and would like to attend a fire academy.
  • up to 1,000 word essay on why you are choosing a career as a firefighter
  • Recommendation letter from a First Responder
  • Reside in South Florida
  • Must have completed EMT or Paramedic School before 5/1/23
  • Deadline is May 1, 2023 
**The scholarship will be issued directly to the fire academy of choice and applicants have up to 12 months to use it**
Get application HERE
For more details or to apply email or call 954.540.0268

Sponsored by CSI Aviation and First Responder Pharmacy

Gabby and Max

Israel and Ailani


Donation Amount

Dawn Witherspoon

Matthew Whiteshield

Kim Schnitzius

Casey Shiflet

Robin Ross-Fleming

Todd Metz

Joshua Entin

Mary Molina-Macfie

Geoff Bichler

David Aprea

Ken Yost

Rob Pastor

Janna Allen

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter of Determination

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration


Donation Amount

Future Heroes Scholarship Application

Fire Academy Scholarship