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BSO & RED RIBBON SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is again working closely with area schools to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and get the word out on substance abuse.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2002, a Broward Sheriff’s Office Helicopter will fly over several area schools, photographing students gathered outside to form human anti-drug messages. Among the schools participating, are South Area Alternative in Hallandale, Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Quietwater Elementary School in Deerfield Beach, and Millennium Middle School in Tamarac.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to raise substance abuse awareness. It is observed each year in October by millions of students, teachers, community organizations, service clubs, businesses, faith communities, and law enforcement agencies. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has been involved in the Red Ribbon Week movement virtually since it’s inception in 1985.

Red Ribbon Week evolved from the brutal kidnapping and murder of a Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agent in February 1985. It took a search by hundreds of law enforcement officers to find the body of Agent Enrique Camarena buried in a shallow grave on a ranch in Mexico.

To honor the fallen DEA agent, in April of 1985, students from Agent Camarena’s hometown in Calexico, California began wearing red ribbons. Students from the local high school signed a pledge to fight drug abuse and promote substance abuse awareness. They presented the signed pledge to First Lady Nancy Regan at the National Parent’s Resource Institute for Drug Education Conference in Washington, DC, and by June of that year, the Virginia Federation of Parents and the Illinois Drug Education Alliance were calling on all Americans to wear red ribbons as a symbol of the fight against drug abuse.

In 1988, Congress proclaimed the first national, 8-day Red Ribbon Week. Since then, the message has spread to thousands of schools and communities throughout the United States.
Every year, Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated October 23rd through the 31st.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office fights substance abuse and promotes drug awareness every day of the year. For more information on ways to battle illegal drugs and help make your community a safer place to live, log onto the BSO website at www.sheriff.org or call the Broward Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Office at (954) 831-8300.

Various photographs of Broward County school children celebrating Red Ribbon Week this year are attached to this release on the Broward Sheriff's Office website.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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