November 29, 2010
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Florida Department of Corrections employees have raised a whopping $80,731 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in memory of their former Secretary Harry K. Singletary, Jr., who was afflicted with Lymphoma and died in January at the age of 63. The money has been raised through fundraising activities throughout the state, including participation in LLS “Light the Night” walks. Secretary Walt McNeil was the honorary chairman of the Light the Night walk that took place recently in Tallahassee, where $19,017.38 was raised by Department of Corrections staff from Tallahassee, ten areas prisons and several probation offices.
“I am certain Harry would be proud of how much has been accomplished in his name,” said Secretary McNeil.
Singletary’s memory was honored further on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, when the Florida Corrections Academy in Crawfordville was renamed the Harry K. Singletary, Jr. Academy. Singletary was a strong proponent of staff training and education and the Academy, where correctional officers are trained, is a fitting tribute to his legacy. In addition, the Academy is located right next to a Memorial to fallen officers and employees, which Singletary had built during his tenure as Secretary.
The inscription on the bronze plaque displayed at the academy and unveiled at his dedication reads:
“This building is dedicated in his honor for his lifelong commitment to the criminal justice field and for his leadership, compassion and encouragement of staff while recognizing individual strengths. He was deeply committed to the vision of this memorial, which honors the men and women of the Department of Corrections who have died while on duty.”