1811 Magazine Summer 2011 : Page 25

CHAPTER 22 ST. LOUIS Chapter 22 collected items for ESA’s International Hope for Heroes project from March 1st through March 25th, 2011. The Hope for Heroes project provides an opportunity to show honor and appreciation for our country's service men and women. Through this program, service men and women all across the world receiving care packages with conveniences of home (including personal care items, snacks, DVDs, and magazines), letters of appreciation and holiday surprises. Chapter 22 donated $1,000 and raised enough additional funds from its membership to purchase and fill 50 backpacks full of supplies for wounded soldiers. On March 8, 2011, Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, 48, was killed in the line of duty from gunshot wounds received while serving an arrest warrant on a residence in St. Louis, Mo. Following Perry's death, Chapter 22 collected donations from its membership and on May 19, 2011 presented two checks; one from the FLEOA Foundation and one from Chapter 22 to the children of Perry. The checks totaled $6,000 and were provided to the John Perry Children's Benefit Fund for their college education. For more information on the Hope for Heroes project contact ESA International Headquarters at 970.223.2824 CHAPTER 32 ATLANTA On February 11, 2011, Chapter 32 officers and Secret Service SAs Mollie Wheeler and Tim Gray met with school administrators at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School in Sharpsburg, Georgia. The 2011 Children’s Safety Day Event was planned and set to take place on May 20, 2011. On March 18th, Chapter 32 held an officers meeting and finalized plans for the Children’s Safety Day Event. Officers also discussed and approved dissemination of funds to assist the family of Federal Air Marshal member William Fitzgerald who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It is especially noted that the FLEOA Foundation contributed a generous donation to the family of FAMFitzgerald as well. The Chapter 32 Spring Luncheon was also planned and scheduled for May 5th. The Atlanta Chapter congratulates the recipients of the 2009 Prosecutorial Excellence Award for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI JTTF in the Northern District of Georgia for their outstanding work with Operation Northern Exposure. Those recipients are AUSA Robert McBurney (NDGA), AUSA Chris Bly (NDGA), Paralegal Kim Casperson, Intel Research Specialist Eric De La Barre, and Eastern District of New York AUSA Alexis Collins. Through the efforts of the prosecutorial team, together with JTTF investigating case agents SA Kathryn Wilz (DCIS), and SA Mark Richards and SA Michael Sherck (FBI), the United States was protected from possible terrorist acts during 2005. Letters of congratulations were mailed to the award recipients who were notified the awards will be presented at the chapter’s Holiday luncheon. FLEOA National President Jon Adler will make the presentation. Guest speaker SA Darin Werking (FBI) drawing a winning ticket for a FLEOA membership. On May 5th, Chapter 32 held a Spring Luncheon catered by Healthy Appetite. Approximately 60 members were in attendance and were shown an excellent presentation on the 1996 Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph by FBI SA Darin Werking. A donation was also collected for Deputy Shane Charles who was shot in the line of duty while serving a warrant and is recovering at Shepard Spinal Clinic in Atlanta. Deputy Charles assisted the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force on several occasions in the Buchanan County, Virginia area.. A donation from the chapter of $200 and personal donations of $300 collected from chapter members at the luncheon (total $500) was deposited by chapter Vice President Ray Johnson (FBI) in a local bank fund to assist Dep. Charles’ family. Members were brought current on the latest efforts of FLEOA’s national leadership by chapter President Dan Craven. Two membership renewals were won as door prizes. Members were reminded to volunteer for the Kids’ Safety Event on May 20, 2011. (left to right) SA Darin Werking, SA Ray Johson (FBI) Chapter 32 VP, and Dan Craven, Chapter 32 President 1811 SUMMER 2011 -25

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