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Retiring WESH 2 anchor Jim Payne remembers what Central Florida community means to him


WESH 2 NEWS OUR VERY OWN JIM PAYNE PAYNE RETIRED AFTER THE 6 P.M. BROADCAST. AND WHILE IT'S HAS HARD TO TRULY SHOW WHAT HIS TIME IN CENTRAL FLORIDANT TO THE PEOPLE HERE AND PEOPLE AT HOME, JIM SHOWED WHAT THIS COMMUNITY MEANT TO HIM OVER THE LAST 23 YEARS AT WESH 2. JIM PAYNE IS ON EVERY NEW STORY YOU CAN IMAGINE, BUT IT SERVES TO THE COMMUNITY HE SAYS MEANT THE MOST. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, TODAY IS MY LAST DAY AND I GET TO DO WHAT I WANT OVER THE COURSE OF TWO HOURS. ON HIS LAST DAY, JIM INTERVIEWED PEOPLE REPRESENTING GROUPS NEAR AND DEAR TO HIS HEART AND YOU'LL QUICKLY NOTICE A THEME ABOUT THE GROUPS HE CHOSE AS THE OUT OF DARKNESS WALK. WHAT IS IT THAT'S KEPT IT GOING FOR 16 YEARS? THE ORLANDO OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK IS WHERE WE TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, TALK ABOUT THEIR GRIEF. THEY TALK. WE WANT THEM NOT TO BE IN THAT WINDOW OF SUICIDE. AND THE EDGEWOOD CHILDREN'S RANCH, WHAT IS THE EDGEWOOD CHILDREN'S RANCH AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOUNG PEOPLE? WE'RE ARE ESSENTIALLY A CHILDREN'S HOME.


WE WORK WITH CHILDREN IN SUFFERING FROM ADVERSE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES. KIDS HOUSE OF SEMINOLE, WHICH JIM'S ANNUAL FIVE K BENEFITED. KIDS HOUSE, IS A CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER IN SEMINOLE COUNTY, AND WE WORK WITH CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF ABUSE. AND OF COURSE, THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. THIS IS A REALLY ACCOMPLISHED GROUP RIGHT HERE. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME FAMILIAR FACES. AND IN THE BUNCH, JIM CHOSE GROUPS WHERE HE COULD SHINE A BRIGHTER LIGHT TO PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN GET HELP AND CAN FEEL INCLUDED. IN HIS FINAL MESSAGE TO CENTRAL FLORIDA IS ONE STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE WORKING AT THIS GREAT BIG, POWERFUL TV STATION, WESH 2, AND RATHER UNAPOLOGETICALLY, I HAVE TRIED TO USE THIS PLACE FOR GOOD.



AND THAT IS WHY ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE HERE. I HAD ASKED A HANDFUL OF THESE PEOPLE TO BE HERE ON MY LAST DAY SO THEY COULD TELL YOU ABOUT HOW THEY WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE LIVES BETTER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AND HOW WE WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. AND SO THAT WE COULD HAVE ONE FINAL MOMENT TOGETHER. OTHER PEOPLE CAME WITH THOSE PEOPLE, AND THIS IS WHAT CARING PEOPLE LOOK LIKE. THEY LOOK JUST LIKE YOU AND ME EVERY ONE OF THEM HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE ASKED BECAUSE SOMEONE SAW VALUE IN THEM TO BE PART OF SOMETHING THAT MAKES THEIR LIFE BETTER AND EVERYONE WILL TELL YOU, YOU ALWAYS GET MORE THAN YOU GIVE. SO IF YOU ARE EVER ASKED, JUST KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE IN VERY GOOD COMPANY. SO TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND PALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND TO YOU ALL, THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU ALL. KEEP ON FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. JIM JIM PAYNE SIGNING OFF TODAY FOR THE FINAL.



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