Date: October 02, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Supports Red Ribbon Month	

Every October millions of young people and adults all over America show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing and displaying a red ribbon in honor of Red Ribbon Month.  This important campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness and mobilize communities to combat drug and alcohol use among our youth.

Since its inception in 1986, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of more and more people each year.  It all began with the brutal murder of Enrique Camarena, a drug enforcement agent who was investigating a Mexican drug cartel.  Agent Camarena was kidnapped, brutally tortured and killed just days before he was to identify kingpins of the drug cartel in Mexico.  Angered by Camarena’s death and the destruction caused by illegal drug and alcohol use in America, the young people of Camarena’s hometown in Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in honor of their fallen hero.  Prevention associations all over America began to wear red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to fight the illegal use of drugs.

Throughout the month of October, Sheriff Crow is encouraging agency members to proudly display red ribbons on agency vehicle antennae (except undercover vehicles of course) and has authorized the wear of small red ribbons on uniforms.
The Drug Prevention Resource Center has been the local sponsor of the Red Ribbon Campaign for the past 16 years, and each year they sponsor several school and community events.  PCSO members will be in attendance at several of the following awareness events sponsored by the Drug Prevention Center, and media attendance and participation is also encouraged:

  • Thursday, October 3—Red Ribbon Kick Off at St. Joseph’s School, with Mayor Fletcher and LPD Chief Diamond, 223 S Missouri Ave in Lakeland, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 8—Red Ribbon Kick Off at Sikes Elementary School, with Mayor Fletcher and Superintendent Thornhill, 2727 Shepherd Road in Lakeland, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 16—”Drug Courts: A Metamorphosis of the Justice System”, with Judge Melanie May at Lakeland Yacht Club, 929 Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 26—Eleventh Annual Red Ribbon Run at Tiger Town, the largest youth run in Polk County, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  
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