Debbie Geary, President
Debbie Geary, President
As a survivor, President Debbie Geary of Cooper City, FL, can relate closely to survivors at the grass-roots level. She served as COPS ninth National President from May 16, 1998, through May 16, 2000. Debbie became a survivor on November 28, 1988, when her husband, David Strzalkowski of the Metro Dade (FL) Police Department died in the line of duty in an incident that also claimed the life of Metro Dade Officer Richard Boles. Debbie has served as the Gulf Region Trustee, the National Training Committee Chairperson, and president of the South Florida COPS Chapter and is one of COPS certified instructors. Contact Debbie Geary at djgeary@comcast.net
Teresa Shepherd, Vice President
Teresa Shepherd, Vice President
Teresa Shepherd became a survivor on August 30, 1973 when her husband Byron Riley and his partner Philip Yourman of the Hollywood Police Department were killed in an automobile accident while pursuing two teenagers.  The teens had beaten a lady up and stolen her purse for $3.00 at a local shopping center, this was while they were working undercover to stop this rash of snatchings.  He left behind his wife and his unborn son William Riley.  Since joining South Fla Chapter of COPS, she learned so much on how to deal with loss and found friends and support that we did not have back in 1973.  In the years after his death, Teresa found love again with her current husband Charles who was there to help her raise her son and has been a father to him since he was a baby.  Her son is now married and has two sons of his own Byron (named after his grandfather) and Austin Riley.  She went on to become an RN and just recently retired after 36 years as a nurse.  Teresa now spends time raising money for the annual Law Enforcement United Bike Ride, the development of special candles, jewelry for law enforcement, and fund raisers for Breast Cancer, Firefighters and our troops/vets. Teresa is happy and excited to serve as your new vice president.
Anyone wishing to contact her, can do so at opalguns@bellsouth.net 
Emilio Miyares, Treasurer
Emilio Miyares, Treasurer



Emilio Miyares became a survivor on November 6, 1986 when his father, Emilio F. Miyares, of the Hialeah Police Dept, was shot and killed in the line of duty leaving him and his sister, Jessica, without their dad.  Emilio was 7 and Jessica was 4. 
As a child survivor, Emilio participated in COPS Kids as well as becoming a mentor to other children as an adult survivor.  Emilio serves as our chapter's Treasurer. 
Jessieca Sepulveda, Secretary
Jessieca Sepulveda, Secretary
Jessieca became a survivor on July 19, 2004 when her father, Ramon A. Sepulveda Rosado died of injuries he sustained 2 days earlier when his department motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.  Officer Sepulveda-Rosado was assigned to escorts duty with several other officers.  He entered an intersection to stop traffic and was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.  He was thrown to the ground resulting in severe head injuries.  Sepulveda-Rosado had served with the Carolina Municipal Police Department in Puerto Rico for 13 years.  He is survived by his six kids and family that loves and remembers him. Jessieca is very excited and honored to serve as our chapter secretary.  Her email is KFGS1234@aol.com
Terry Miyares,    Chapter Director
Terry Miyares, Chapter Director

Terry Miyares became a survivor on November 6, 1986 when husband Emilio F. Miyares, of the Hialeah Police Dept, was shot and killed in the line of duty leaving her with 2 young children, Emilio Jr, and Jessica.  Since joining COPS, Terry has served as National Gulf Region Trustee, Treasurer for the South Florida Chapter of COPS, and a main contact for survivors in Puerto Rico.
In the years following her husband's death, Terry has found the love and support of her husband, Carlos, and the continued support from her now grown children, Emilio, his wife Terry and their 2 daughters, Tiffany and Emma and Jessica, her husband Javier and their 4 sons Javier, Jonathan, Jovanni, and Joshua.
She is always eager to help anyone that she can. 
Anyone wishing to contact Terry, can email her at ttmiyares246@hotmail.com

 
Kathy Alvarez  Media Specialist/Advisor
Kathy Alvarez Media Specialist/Advisor


Kathy Williams  is a retired 911 calltaker from the City of Hialeah Police Dept.  She retired after 25 years of service.  Kathy has lost friends/co-workers in the line of duty & continues to love the police life.  She serves as the chapters West Coast Trustee, attending any as many events as she can as well as catering to any survivors, old and new for the chapter's west coast area where she now resides. As our Media Specialist, she maintains the website and Facebook pages. She hopes that these social media venues can be used as tools of comfort!  After all, its really for you!  Assistance of any kind is literally only a few strokes away.
Should anyone find any errors, problems, or any issues with the site, feel free to contact her at 
hpdka@yahoo.com