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ShaggyGrammy Award-Winning  Recording Artist Shaggy to be Honored at the American Friends of Jamaica 7th Annual Peacock Soiree.The Miami Gala Will Honor Shaggy as the 2011 International Humanitarian for His Philanthropic Efforts in Jamaica and Proceeds Will Benefit the Work of The American Friends Of Jamaica (AFJ)
NEW YORK (February 15, 2011) – The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) will honor Grammy Award-winning recording artist Shaggy at the 7th Annual Peacock Soiree in Miami on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Diamond-selling performer Orville “Shaggy” Burrell will be recognized for his philanthropic role in assisting the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica.



Jamaican born Lieutenant/Paramedic Hezedean A. Smith, currently serving the Orlando Fire Department was promoted to District Chief on January 21, 2010 at Fire Station #1 in Orlando, FL. District Chief Smith is an active contributor to the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs and recently participated in the annual CAFC Conference that was held in Jamaica.

With over 22 years of combined Fire and EMS experience, District Chief Smith will be responsible for supervising the EMS activities for the over 500+ member career fire department. He is assigned to the Orlando Fire Department, EMS Division. Chief Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Associatedegrees in EMS and Fire Science Technology and is also an OSHA Certified Occupation Safety Specialist. He is currently enrolled at the University of Florida to pursue his certification as an Executive Fire and Emergency Services Officer.

Chief Smith serves in various capacities within the Central Florida Community to include Professor of EMS at Valencia Community College, Community Volunteer, Training Center Faculty at Orlando Health and as a mentor to young men and women.

On Saturday, January 29, 2011, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan was honored and served as a keynote speaker at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.’s (NCBW 100) Women’s Empowerment Conference. The event, held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, focused on women breaking barriers and serving in leadership positions.

ImageRepresentative Frederica Wilson was joined by her congressional colleagues Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Representative Ted Deutch at the local swearing-in ceremony for their constituents on Monday, January 10th at the Federal courthouse building in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The oath of office was delivered by the Honorable Rosemary Barkett and was attended by local and state officials as well as supporters, family and constituents.