239 UNCENSORED Everything Southwest Florida and Beyond! This PODCAST offers a fun-filled "REAL TALK" listening experience highlighting current events in Southwest Florida. Your host Tim Guerrette, a longtime Florida resident, and the brew crew, offer their insight into what's trending both locally and nationally. Topics include "No Bullshit" talks on Politics, Crime, Economics, Real Estate, Tim utilizes his contacts to interview the legends and moguls impacting our community. Let's find out more about the Best and Worst that Southwest Florida has to offer!
#132 | Jeff Morse discusses The Brotherhood Ride Fundraiser and the Annual 9/11 Naples Memorial Stair Climb
Tim Guerrette and Jeff Morse, North Collier Fire Battalion Chief, discuss The Brotherhood Ride and the upcoming stair climb fundraiser event used as way to remember those who were lost on 9/11/2001. There were 110 stories in each of the Twin Towers, so participants will have the opportunity to climb as our fallen heroes did.
7:00 a.m. - Check in will begin
8:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
8:46 a.m. – Stair Climb begins
The first impact was that of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan at 08:46. Sixteen minutes later, at 09:03, the World Trade Center's South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Brotherhood Ride. Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and EMS Personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency first responders who have died in the line of duty. Funds raised will benefit the families of who they honor during their rides.
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#131 | Curtis Clay - In the Running for Glades County Sheriff in 2024 | Curtis tells us ”Why” he is the right fit to be the next Glades County Sheriff!
Tim interviews Curtis Clay and asks some very important questions, what motivated you to run for Sheriff in Glades County Florida? Curtis highlights his experience and qualifications that make him suitable for this position? We also discuss, how Curtis plans to address specific law enforcement challenges and issues facing the Glades County community? Curtis is a known leader in the effort to improve school safety and combat school violence, if elected to Sheriff, what plans of action will he take to make your kids safer in schools? How will Curtis reduce crime in Glades County? Listen and find out!
#130 | ”I Died” Cornell Bunting - Life After Death | Listen to The remarkable story of Cornell Bunting, Survival, Hope and Resilience
In this episode of the 239 Uncensored Podcast, we are joined by special guest Author and Motivational Speaker Cornell Bunting. Cornell shares his incredible story of a near-death experience and wrongful incarceration. He recounts his time being clinically dead for 16 minutes and how this life-altering event transformed his perspective on life. We delve into the details of his wrongful accusation and the challenging journey to prove his innocence. Cornell opens up about the lessons he learned from these experiences, emphasizing resilience, forgiveness, gratitude, and inner strength. He also shares his inspiring journey of rebuilding his life and offers valuable advice to listeners facing adversity. We extend our gratitude to Cornell Bunting for bravely sharing his story, reminding us all of the power of hope and resilience. Stay tuned for more uplifting stories on the 239 Uncensored Podcast.
#129 | Locked in Courage: Capt. Wayne Smith’s Heroic fight of survival as a POW for 1882 days” and a life beyond!
Tim Guerrette interviews and steps into the captivating story of Captain Wayne Smith, a remarkable individual whose life has been marked by bravery, resilience, and remarkable achievements. In this gripping podcast, we take a deep dive into the incredible journey of Capt. Smith, from his combat missions over the skies of North Vietnam to his successful career and life in Naples.
On January 18, 1968, during his 90th combat mission, Capt. Smith's (then Lt.) fate took a dramatic turn. Forced to eject over North Vietnam, he showcased his exceptional skills as an aviator by shooting down a MIG-17 in aerial combat before his own aircraft was downed. Capt. Smith was immediately captured and held as a prisoner of war for an agonizing 1,882 days. Capt. Smith's unwavering determination guided him through the darkest days of captivity, until his long-awaited release in March 14, 1973, as part of Operation Homecoming.
Recovering from his injuries at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, Capt. Smith's commitment to service persisted. Leaving active duty on September 4, 1973, he joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for a year before eventually departing the reserves in 1976.
Transitioning to the corporate world, Capt. Smith's exemplary leadership and strategic acumen paved the way for a successful career beyond the cockpit. In 1999, he retired as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of MidAmerican Energy, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
Now a resident of Naples, Capt. Smith has earned a well-deserved retirement, at times, humbling conveying the memories of a life lived to the fullest. Wayne and his wife Lois can often be seen organizing or attending patriotic events honoring our military, public safety and Veterans.
Join us as we uncover the extraordinary life of Capt. Wayne Smith, where military heroism, resilience, and corporate leadership intertwine to form an inspiring tale of a true American patriot.
Don't miss this riveting podcast that pays tribute to a man who defied the odds and left an indelible legacy in both the military and business spheres.
Wayne is married to Lois A. Bolin, Ph.D., of Naples, Florida.
Military Service Summary:• U.S. Air Force Academy 1961-1965• U.S. Air Force 1965-1973• Pennsylvania Air National Guard 1973-1974• U.S. Air Force Reserve 1974-1976• Cold War 1965-1976• Vietnam War 1967-1973 (POW)
His military honors include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, seven Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.
#128 | ”Inside” the Secret Service: A candid conversation with Lewis ”Lew” Merletti, Former Director and Presidential Protector - The Art of Protecting our Presidents
Tim interviews Lewis "Lew" Merletti and takes a fascinating deep dive "inside" the United States Secret Service. Lew is a legend who loves Naples, Florida and now calls it home!
Lew Merletti started his career with the U.S. Military, serving in the United States Army Special Forces including a tour of duty with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. Among the citations he earned were the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medical Badge and Parachute Jump Wings.
A 25 year veteran of the United States Secret Service, Merletti served as the agency’s 19th Director. Before becoming Director of the Secret Service Merletti served as assistant director in the Office of Training for all Secret Service employees. He served in the Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Reagan, H.W. Bush, and Clinton, and was named as the Special Agent in Charge of Presidential Protective Division (PPD), the 22nd agent to hold that position in the history of the Secret Service dating back to 1865. As the Special Agent in Charge of PPD he was ultimately responsible for the physical security of the President and First Family.
Learn more about Lewis "Lew" Merletti throughout the internet and at his website
#127 | Former ”Drug Smuggler” Tim McBride author of Saltwater Cowboy - Talks about how he smuggling drugs in the Everglades City
Tim interviews former "Drug Smuggler" Tim McBride. Listen to Tim's wild and crazy life as a drug smuggler from the Everglades.
Tim McBride is the author of "Saltwater Cowboy" and a former drug smuggler. He was born and raised in the Florida Keys, where he worked as a fisherman before becoming involved in the drug trade. McBride was a key player in the marijuana smuggling industry in the 1980s, using speedboats to transport drugs from Colombia to the United States.
After being arrested and serving time in prison, McBride turned his life around and became a successful businessman. He now uses his experiences to educate others about the dangers of the drug trade and the importance of making positive choices.
McBride's personal journey is a testament to the power of redemption and the ability of individuals to change their lives for the better. His story also sheds light on the economic and social factors that can drive individuals to participate in illegal activities, and the challenges that individuals face when trying to leave the drug trade behind.
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I moved 10 years ago, but I grew up in Naples. this podcast is so great! I love hearing about things going on, or historically in my home town. I went to school with some of these people interviewed and my father in law is mentioned in ep#91.
So awesome! Keep it up :-)
Tim does a great job! Looking forward to hearing more episodes in the future! Nicely done!