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Left to Right: Roger Haedo, Joe G. Tedder, Sally Haedo
Left to Right: Christie Mathis, Roger Haedo, Joe G. Tedder, Sally Haedo, Margaret Bolden, Mary Gooding, Lisa Wells, Shawn Wyatt

BARTOW, Florida – The Polk County Tax Collector’s office will be participating in the 2019 Polk County Heart Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for the 12th consecutive year. This year’s participation from the four service centers across Polk County holds a special meaning to the Tax Collector’s office as they honor a retired employee in their 1-mile or 3-mile walk.

Sally Haedo, a former tax specialist in the Bartow service center, survived a heart attack while at work on May 23, 2018. Thanks to the quick reaction of Sally’s co-workers, the availability of an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine in the office, and the proper CPR training offered to those employees, Sally survived the heart attack.

Sally and her husband, Roger Haedo, visited the Bartow service center on August 14, 2019 to present Joe G. Tedder a plaque from the Haedo family with sincere appreciation and thanks to Joe G. Tedder for understanding the importance of having the AED machines installed in the offices which ultimately saved Sally’s life. Sally and Roger also took the time to thank the Bartow employees who each played a pivotal part in saving Sally that fateful day – from identifying the emergency, to dialing 9-1-1, starting the AED machine, and chest compressions – they all worked together in a high-stress situation and saved a life because of it

When asked about why the Tax Collector’s office is passionate about participating in the Heart Walk, Joe G. Tedder said, “Our staff has participated for several years in the Heart Walk because it’s a cause that is personal to everyone. We all have someone we know that has suffered from some type of cardiovascular disease – be it a heart attack, stroke, or something else. It is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. with almost 48% of the adult population affected by it. The seriousness of the disease, however, took on another level when Sally Haedo had a heart attack in our Bartow office. It solidified the importance of awareness of heart disease for all of us. We walk to honor her and her recovery because she is a walking miracle, having no pulse when she left our office that day, and we are grateful members of our tax collector family stepped in to save her life.”

The 2019 Polk County Heart Walk, which will be held at the Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, starts at 7:30 AM and has a goal to raise $175,000. So far, local businesses have raised $107,405. Of that, the Polk County Tax Collector’s office has raised $3,685 and has 40 employees signed up to walk so far. Anyone can sign up to walk as a business, team, or individual at

For more information, please go to or contact Margarita Alfaro, Public Engagement Specialist at

About the Office of Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, Florida

Joe G. Tedder is elected by the people of Polk County to serve as their Tax Collector. The Office of Tax Collector is provided in Florida’s Constitution to serve in the state’s political subdivisions known as counties. The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County has service centers in Bartow, Lakeland, Davenport, and Lake Wales. The Tax Collector’s Office serves over 686,000 residents in Polk County, offering services such as: Driver licenses and identification cards; motor vehicle registrations, decals, license plates, titles and disabled person parking placards; real estate and tangible personal property taxes; county local business taxes; tourist development taxes; concealed weapons license applications and renewals; and, other services.

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