Hero of the Week: William Dunn of Take a Kid Fishing

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day…but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Well, that’s the message in this week’s Hero story.

William Dunn is the founder of a Clearwater, Florida, branch of the non-profit Take a Kid Fishing. He takes kids from foster homes or those who no longer have their father in their lives out on his Double Eagle fishing boat for day trips. He feeds them lunch, mentors them, teaches them life skills, and shows them that somebody cares for them.

It was a five-year-old neighbor who gave him the inspiration for the non-profit. William noticed that the child was very destructive and angry. When he found out that the boy’s dad was not in his life, he started taking the kid fishing on the weekends. That child is now grown up and a successful adult.

William said that he had some rough years himself. In 1993, he worked as a bouncer. He got shot, struck by lightning, bit by a rattlesnake, and divorced – that’s a tough year! But, he felt that God had a calling for him. That calling was the kids and watching the look of excitement on their faces as they caught their very first fish.

For William and his wife, it’s a blessing to watch these kids grow. This year, many of them graduated with honors from their foster homes.

Learn more about William and his non-profit Take a Kid Fishing in this story covered by Spectrum Bay News 9.

Kix’s Response:

William Dunn, you are our ACC Hero of the Week!

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Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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