2018 First Annual Officer Charlie K Memorial Blood Drive

It's his birthday today and here I am again kneeling at his grave putting flowers and birthday decorations by his name in stone. He would've been 49 this year. Today is a day he loved to celebrate - not just because it was the day he was born but because he LOVED this country.

This year was different. I'm trying not to focus on the days he was cheated and I don't ask God anymore why he was taken so violently. I've learned to not be mad at God for the way he died and I know I will never know the reasons why. Instead I'll think about the birthdays we had with him and be thankful for his life with us and all the fun years we had as we built our little family.

This year, in his honor, we had the first annual blood drive to celebrate his life while saving the lives of others. That's something Charlie would be proud of.

Thanks to OneBlood and Danielle Bird’s hard work, it was a huge success! Because of the amazing support from the community, law enforcement officers, family, and friends, OneBlood collected 78 units of blood which will save 234 lives! It's our hope that this blood drive will grow each year. 

 

Happy birthday in heaven, Charlie.

Watch over us as we try our best to make you proud and keep your name alive.

I love and miss you so much!  

 

Teresa Kondek, 
Proud widow of 
Officer Charles Kondek, Jr., #285
Tarpon Springs Police Dept.,
EOW 12/21/14

 

Links:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-north-pinellas/tarpon-springs/fallen-tarpon-springs-officer-born-on-the-fourth-of-july-honored-by-family-friends 

http://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2018/07/04/family-honor-fallen-police-officer-through-blood-drive

Charlie, Andrew, Teresa, Holly, Aleena & Brandon

Our daughter Holly

Credit: OneBlood/Dan

Congressman Gus Bilirakis & Teresa Kondek

Credit: OneBlood/Dan

Andrew's memorial truck