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Tampa firefighters cooking spaghetti dinners to raise awareness of Amendment 9

TAMPA — In an attempt to raise awareness of a resolution meant to eliminate the burden of property taxes on widowers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, firefighters will be making spaghetti dinners for families on Saturday at Club Tampa Palms.

The free event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club, 16402 Tampa Palms. Firefighters will prepare the food, while law enforcement personnel serve attendees.

This outreach is meant to raise awareness and increase support for Amendment 9, which would exempt the spouse of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from paying property taxes.

"This amendment will greatly assist surviving spouses in continuing to raise their families in the same home without the worry of losing it due to property taxes," a news release said.

Families do not need to sign up for the event, said Tampa Fire Rescue spokeswoman Debra Sue Warshefski.

"We're just like them, we have families, we're real people," Warshefski said. "It's an opportunity for all of us to come together and eat some spaghetti."