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 not only saved lives and administered emergency medical services, he also made a difference 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 individuals wishing to become EMTs, Paramedics, or Firefighters. We work to make sure needs are met for all EMS, First Responders, and their families by providing support or advocating for them on the local and national level. We make sure they are honored and recognized for their dedication to others. 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.

Upcoming Events

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5th Annual Heroes Dinner01 Jun 202416690 Saddle Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326, USA

Past Events

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EGG MY YARD FUNDRAISER29 Mar 2024At your home!
Slice with Santa21 Dec 202313718 W State Rd 84, Davie, FL 33325
Heroes Dinner03 Jun 202316690 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL, USA
Skee Ball Tournament02 Jun 2023Silverball Pinball Museum
EGG MY YARD FUNDRAISER07 Apr 2023
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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SCHOLARSHIPS
Deadline to submit application for all scholarships is April 21, 2024.

There will be a minimum of 3 scholarships awarded in each category.

The Future Community Hero Scholarship in partnership with IAFF LOCAL 4321 for those wishing to attend EMT school.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMT SCHOLARSHIP HERE

The Strike A Box Scholarship for Fire Academy in partnership with The South Florida F.O.O.L.S.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STRIKE A BOX SCHOLARSHIP HERE

The Graeme Gilmour Scholarship for Palm Beach State Fire Academy in partnership with The Palm Beach County F.O.O.L.S.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRAEME GILMOUR SCHOLARSHIP HERE​​​

Nationwide Paramedic Scholarship sponsored by Emergency Education Institute
LEARN ABOUT PARAMEDIC SCHOLARSHIP HERE

All scholarship applications must be emailed with all attachments in one single email to the forpaulfoundation@gmail.com  no later than 11:59pm April 21, 2024. If your scholarship requires a video you can send your video in a zip file or upoad your video to Youtube or another service and send the link. For all other documents and if an essay is requried please attach in one email to forpaulfoundation@gmail.com
For a quicker response to questions call 954.540.0268
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Future Community Hero Scholarship 
This scholarship was created to continue the legacy of fallen first responders and will be awarded to those who wish to pursue a career as a Firefighter, EMT or Paramedic and will be entering an EMT program within the next year. We are honored to partner with The International Association of Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local #4321 to bring this scholarship to you. Deadline to submit is April 21, 2024
Criteria:
  • Applicants must reside in the State of Florida
  • Volunteer in the Community 
  • Submit a completed application
  • Each applicant must submit an up to 3 minute video essay explaining why you want to pursue a career as a Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic. What qualities you feel you can bring to a career that helps others. Also be sure to include how you have already started on that journey in your community (Include any relevant certifications or trainings you have completed such as first aid, life guard training, etc.) 
  • Recommendation letter from a non-related First Responder; must include their contact information for verification purposes
  • Resume 
  • All applications must be emailed with all attachments in a single email to the forpaulfoundation@gmail.com  no later than 11:59pm April 21, 2024. You can send your video in a zip file or upoad your video to Youtube or another service and send the link. 
Find the application HERE or email forpaulfoundation@gmail.com
Please call Dawn 954.540.0268 with any questions
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Paramedic Scholarship
The For Paul Foundation sponsored by Emergency Education Institute will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for eligible EMTs to attend Paramedic School NATIONWIDE!!!
Requirements:
  • up to a 750 word essay decribing why you would like to become a Paramedic and what unique abilities you will bring to the position. Make sure to include any experience you may already have. 
  • Recommendation letter from a non-related First Responder
  • Provide proof of ccompletion from an EMT program.
  • NREMT Certificate or State License
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Deadline is April 21, 2024 

**The scholarship will be issued directly to the accredited paramedic school of choice and must be used no later than 6/1/2025**
Get application HERE
For more details or to apply email forpaulfoundation@gmail.com or call 954.540.0268
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Strike a Box Scholarship in partnership with The South Florida Fools
The For Paul Foundation and The South Florida Fools will be awarding scholarships in honor of Captain James O'Neil Dillon, Lieutenant Kevin Johns, and Firefighter Francis Jankowski.
These scholarships are available to individuals that have completed EMT or Paramedic School and would like to attend a fire academy.
Requirements:
  • up to a 3 minute video on why you are choosing a career as a firefighter and what unique abilities you will bring to the position along with any experience you may already have. 
  • Recommendation letter from a First Responder
  • Reside in South Florida
  • Provide proof of completing EMT or Paramedic School before 5/30/24 
  • Deadline is April 21, 2024 
**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 forpaulfoundation@gmail.com or call 954.540.0268
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Graeme Gilmour Scholarship  in partnership with The Palm Beach County F.O.O.L.S.
The For Paul Foundation and The Palm Beach County Fools will be awarding scholarships in honor of Driver Operator Graeme Gilmour.
These scholarships are available to individuals that have completed EMT or Paramedic School and would like to attend a fire academy.
Requirements:
  • up to a 3 minute video on why you are choosing a career as a firefighter and what unique abilities you will bring to the position along with any experience you may already have. 
  • Recommendation letter from a First Responder
  • Scholarship must be used to attend the Palm Beach Fire Academy
  • Provide proof of completing EMT or Paramedic School before 5/30/24 
  • Deadline is April 21, 2024 
**The scholarship will be issued directly to Palm Beach County Fire Academy and have up to 12 months to use it**
Get application HERE
For more details or to apply email forpaulfoundation@gmail.com or call 954.540.0268

Sponsored by: Bichler & Longo, The First Responder Law Firm

Noah, Elijah, and Jonah

Tyler and Ethan

The Family

Dawn Witherspoon, MS, RMHI

President

Captain Matthew Whiteshield

Vice President

Kim Schnitzius

Treasurer

Chief Michael McNally

Chief Ken Yost

Todd Metz

Geoff Bichler

Josh Entin

Casey Shiflet, NRP CCEMT-P

VP Of EMS Relations

Lieutenant Rob Pastor

Mary Molina-MacFie

Brandon Waldorff

Robin Fleming

Janna Allan

$25

Donation Amount

Future Heroes Scholarship Application

Fire Academy Scholarship

Paramedic Scholarship

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter of Determination

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration