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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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 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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Strike a Box Scholarship  in partnership with The South Florida Fools
The For Paul Foundation and The South Florida Fools are excited to offer this opportunity for individuals that have completed EMT or Paramedic School and would like to attend a fire academy.
  • 1000 word essay
  • Recommendation letter from a First Responder
  • Reside in Dade or Broward County
  • Must have completed EMT or Paramedic School before 4/1/22
  • Deadline is April 15, 2022 
**The scholarship will be issued directly to the fire academy of choice**
For more details or to apply email or call 954.540.0268

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Dawn Witherspoon

Kim Schnitzius

Geoff Bichler

Mary Molina-Macfie

Robin Ross-Fleming

Casey Shiflet

Joshua Entin

Janna Allen

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter of Determination

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration


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