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 helping other first responders EMS, Ambulance Personnel, Medical Flight Services and their families through education, support, and appreciation. 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.


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The For Paul Foundation was founded in honor of 36 year old Critical Care Flight Paramedic Paul Besaw. 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 within the municipalities that are affiliated with IAFF Local 4321including:Portions of Broward County served by BSO, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Pembroke Park, West Park, and Weston.
  • Senior in high school
  • Minimum of 200 hours of Community Service (over 4 years)
  • 3.0 minimum weighted grade point average
  • Each student must write an essay not to exceed 1000 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
For a copy of the application please email or call Dawn @ 954.540.0268
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The For Paul Foundation recognizes the mental health crisis in our First Responder Community and we are excited to work with FHE Health to ensure our community heroes are supported and continue to have access to all mental health resources.

"First responders heroically serve our country every day by being the first to arrive on the scene of crises, disasters, emergencies, wars, and other violent events. As a result, first responders suffer disproportionately from exposure to trauma and trauma-related stress and other mental health effects. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that roughly one in three (30 percent) of first responders—namely, police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel—develop a behavioral health condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their job. FHE Health

For more information on our developing program please contact Firefighter Dean Moreno at 954.658.0722

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Dawn Witherspoon

President/ Founder

Kim Schnitzius


Casey Shiflet

Communications Director

Janna Allen

Brianne Griffis

Daniel Griffis

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter of Determination

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration


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