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Lunch for Law Enforcement: former GPD Lieutenant travel 4,300 miles delivering meals to law enforcement agencies across the country

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:44 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - After a 27-year career working as a lieutenant for the Gainesville Police Department, Matthew Nichodom is spending his days on the road. He’s on a trek across the country delivering meals to 29 different sheriffs and police departments.

He started in Florida on July 19th by visiting the Sanford Police Department. Nechodom has since made his way up and across the country stopping in states like Virginia and Wisconsin to now being in Bozeman, Montana.

His goal is to bring awareness to the importance of supporting local law enforcement agencies. With each stop, he has been interviewing as many officers and deputies as possible in hopes of capturing what a simple lunch from strangers means to them.

“What I found on this trip just confirmed what I already knew,” said Nechodom. “I met outstanding men and women who serve their communities professionally with great sacrifice.”

Nechodom said this trip wouldn’t have been possible without the help he received from donations. He was able to raise 18 thousand dollars to cover the cost of the meals thanks to people supporting his mission.

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“The message is simple,” Nechodom added. “Just people that don’t know them, want to show their support and tell them they appreciate what they’re doing.”

He’s getting ready to wrap up his 4,300-mile journey in Seattle this weekend. If you’d like to follow along CLICK HERE.

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