Dawn Witherspoon


Dawn Witherspoon is the widow of Paul Besaw.  After Paul's death Dawn and their daughter Allison were compelled to carry on Paul's legacy of helping others. In his honor they founded The For Paul Foundation to help honor, support and appreciate heroes and their families in honor of their hero.

Dawn is currently working towards her Masters in Psychology at Carlos Albizu University,  concentrating  on Post Traumatic Stress and Complicated Grief. Dawn serves as the program coordinator for the Albizu Miami Chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. 

Dawn is also a victim impact speaker and volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She not only shares her story with high school students and other victims, she speaks on a panel to first time DUI offenders in hopes that they will learn from the tragedy her and her daughter have had to live through.  In 2019 Dawn was nominated for the MADD Florida Hero Recognition Award.  In 2020 Dawn participated by sharing her story in an award winning police training video to help change the way death notifications are made.

Dawn has spent countless hours in the state and nation's capitol working closely with state and national legislators helping to change laws and make a positive difference in the lives of all EMS, First Responders, and their families. 

In her free time Dawn volunteers and gives back to the community in various ways including as a co-leader for Allison's girl scout troop, as the director of the Little Sister program for Miss Florida USA, and is a member of the Cooper City Kiwanis Club.

When not helping other families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty, advocating for first responders and EMS or honoring our community heroes,  Dawn also enjoys traveling with her daughter Allison and spending time with all of their pets.