News 12 This Morning / Thursday, May 17, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As National Police Week wraps up in the nation's capital, one local group is drumming up more support and awareness here in the CSRA.
We first introduced you to Support 1 back in January. When the group reached its first big milestone this week, Support 1 founders Chris Chavous and Michael Ford purchased their first big ticket item, an 8X16 enclosed trailer.
"We're going to be creating a mobile memorial and also a response unit with that," Ford said.
Support 1 provides police, fire and EMS personnel with counseling services and other assistance during critical incidences.
"Fill any gaps left by the state or agency when critical incident occurs. We want to make sure these departments have the funding they need to get the counseling, not only for the officers, but for their families," Ford added.
Ford and Chavous are planning to use the space inside their new trailer to stock up with canopies, food, lighting and generators for emergencies.
"What we have to remember is it can happen at any time, any place, so we have to be prepared," Ford said.
"We want to make sure every need is met when it comes to something traumatic like that," Chavous said.
The trailer will be more than just a stockpile for emergencies; it will soon be come a mobile memorial.
"What we're going to do is create a very special mural that's going to be wrapped around the side and leave a space so we can put officer names," Ford described. "Everywhere we go, people will remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice."
It's a design Ford is already working on.
"It's important this week, but it's important every week. Just because it's police week does not mean that the other 51 weeks of the year nothing is going to happen," Ford said.
It may not look like much now, but soon the mobile memorial will be equipped with materials the community helped pay for and first responders can use it at a moment's notice. So far, they've raised $10,000.
They are hoping to raise more money to help fill up their trailer with equipment. If you would like to donate, you can visit Support 1's website to contact the founders and support their cause.
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