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Inaugural Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

September 19th, 2016 Posted by Awareness, Blog 0 comments on “Inaugural Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”

Our inaugural Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was a huge success! Police officers, city council, community members, sponsors, and folks in recovery all came out to enjoy the event and give endless thanks to our law enforcement. Police officers are often the first wake up call for an addict who is suffering from active addiction. Unfortunately, they are also unlikely to be thanked for the role they played in changing the trajectory of an addict’s life. We recognize the dedication and compassion police officers have for those with the disease of addiction; that is what this event was all about!

Police and Serenity Springs honoring local law enforcement role in addiction recovery

Officer Charles Geiger from the Edgewater Police Department and DARE Officer Jennifer Fike from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department were recognized for their outstanding service to our community. They take the time to look into an addict’s eyes and tell them it is not hopeless and talk them down from running away from the problem and encouraging them to face it instead.

DARE Officer receives award for outstanding service to community

The winner of The Biggest Fish Contest was Cameron! She caught a fish that was over a foot long from our spring-fed lake. Congratulations, Cameron- enjoy your gift card to Chili’s!

Fishing Contest Winner caught a foot long fish from Serenity Springs spring-fed lake

Brian Wilkerson, a recovered addict and alumni of Serenity Springs, won first place in the Closest to the Pin Contest. He was only 10 inches away from sinking his golf ball and his skills won him an Apple iPad Air 2. Congratulations, Brian and it was great to see you again!

Golf contest winner receiving his prize at recovery center LEO event

Maya did an excellent job painting all the kids’ faces. She was a huge hit and very talented!

Fishing and Face painting at SSRC event
Maya the face painter at recovery center event
Child with painted face during SSRC Law Enforcement Appreciation Event

Kona Ice donated 20% of all proceeds to the event out of appreciation for our law enforcement. We are grateful and humbled by their generosity!

 

Guest speakers included Don Radon, Luis Delgado, and Joey Mazzo who are all recovered addicts. They shared their stories of hope, success, and the appreciation they have for police officers.

Guest Speaker Don sharing his story of substance abuse rehabilitation
Guest Speaker discussing addiction at SSRC
Guest Speaker 3 addressing the crowd at SSRC

Everyone who attended went home with a tee shirt and swag bag!

Model wearing the SSRC t-shirt

Overall, this was a fantastic day full of family fun and recognizing the underappreciated police force as it applies to helping people get on track grow in sobriety.

Edgewater government officials at SSRC
Kid and father show off their catch from the spring fed lake
Front Patio at Serenity Springs
Junior angler poses in front of spring-fed lake
Face painted kids fishing out of the spring-fed lake at SSRC
Father and Son fish the spring-fed lake at SSRC
Tom Fawcett giving a thumbs up to prize winner
Tom having fun with guests at Serenity Springs residential treatment center
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