Shoot outs in Jacksonville. Is any one or any place safe? No.

Once again innocent people are gunned down by thugs (and yes we know that word is politically incorrect but you tell us a better word to use and we’ll fix it).

Yesterday an innocent 7 year old girl was caught in the cross fires of a shoot out in a parking lot of a local Westside shopping center.  She was sitting in the car with her family waiting on her mother to get off work.  One minute she was alive.  The next minute she was lifeless.  Her name is Heydi.  I have a 7 year old granddaughter and this could have easily been her.  This could have been you too. Read more and see the pictures of the suspected thugs here:  Heydi’s killers

On Friday a woman was in line at the McDonald’s on Baymeadows and was shot in her car.  See more here:  McDonald’s drive thru murder  Can you imagine sitting in line at a McDonald’s and either witnessing such horror or being a victim of it?

Then last night at 11:30 a woman was driving down the road on the Eastside of Jacksonville and was shot.  Read:  Shot while driving

And let us not forget that shoot out in downtown Jacksonville a month ago.  Just a few blocks from JSO headquarters.  Shoot out in downtown Jacksonville

We have a problem friends.  A big one.

We need community involvement too and we can’t leave it up to our leaders to do it all.  Certainly a neighborhood prayer group would be wonderful.  Maybe you – reading this post – might want to start one?

Time to take back our streets and make it safe for every one.  No matter the neighborhood.  Because all neighborhoods matter.  Crime was on the Westside, East Side, Downtown and the Baymeadows area.  No neighborhood is exempt.

Mayor Curry & Sheriff Williams – we await your leadership too.  Leadership is tough and we expect you to be tough leaders and take this issue on now.  The bad guys are winning and our children are losing.



[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison[/author_info] [/author]



Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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