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Pasco Sheriff's corporal seeking donations for Guyana

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

For the last twelve years, Corporal Mike Mielke has worked for the Pasco Sheriff's office.

His current job is school resource officer at Wesley Chapel High School. Besides serving the citizens of Pasco County in law enforcement, Mielke is also a missionary.

Three years ago, he was invited to visit Guyana to talk at a youth conference. That was when he saw the need for basic medical services and supplies that Americans take for granted.

"If you have an accident or a critical incident occurs there, you're taken by private transport. Generally in the back of a pickup truck or in the back of a mini van," Mielke said.

And now Mielke is on a new mission. To collect donations to get medical supplies. Some of the items he says are crucial are automated external defibrillators and a well pack first aid kits as well as a fleet of ambulances.

Corporal Mielke says unlike many organizations that collect donations, none of the money is used to pay workers or for sending them to Guyana.

"A hundred percent of our proceeds will go to the purchase of equipment and maintaining the equipment," Mielke said.

On Wednesday, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco recognized Mielke's effort to help those in need and his hard work with the sheriff's office and awarded the corporal with his sergeant strips.

"For us we talk about leadership. It's about showing our members care more about others than themselves because they're going to make the best leaders," Sheriff Nocco said.

Sergeant Mielke says helping others has a bigger impact on his life than the promotion to sergeant.

"To see that efforts that your life can impact people that we will never hear about. You'll never know their names. You'll never know their faces. But you have an opportunity to make a difference. That's why we joined. That's why we became deputies. That's why we became law enforcement officers," Mielke said.

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