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Supporting Blue H.E.L.P.

By on October 31, 2019
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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro were proud to join Greece Police Department Chief Patrick Phelan in supporting Blue H.E.L.P. (Honor, Educate, Lead, Prevent) on Saturday, September 28, 2019. 

The Town of Greece was proud to serve as the New York State 2019 Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk location this past Saturday, which was International Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day. 

Saturday’s event began with a special ceremony at Greece Police Headquarters, during which the monument was unveiled. Supervisor Reilich spoke about Chief Phelan’s mission in helping Law Enforcement Officers and their families through the tragedy of suicide. Following the ceremony was the Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk. Before the 5K walk took off, Supervisor Reilich presented Chief Phelan with a special plaque on behalf of Blue H.E.L.P. honoring his support of Blue H.E.L.P. 

Blue H.E.L.P. is a national organization that supports a walk every September to raise awareness of Law Enforcement suicide. Proceeds from the walk fund care packages for families and departments after a suicide, grief camps, training, and other costs associated with awareness and prevention. 

In 2019 to date there have been 163 suicides in Law Enforcement. Blue H.E.L.P. is dedicated to honoring the service of Law Enforcement Officers who died by suicide. Their mission is to “reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers we lost to suicide, assist officers in their search for healing, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues” (bluehelp.org). 

“Greece is a community that is known for helping our neighbors in need. Your Greece Town Board and I are proud to support Blue H.E.L.P. and Chief Phelan’s mission by supporting these officers and their families. I was honored to host a  ceremony for the unveiling of our monument and a walk to raise awareness of Law Enforcement suicide. I would like to inform our community that bricks will soon be available for residents to purchase, and all proceeds will go to support the Blue H.E.L.P. mission. More information will be available shortly,” Supervisor Reilich said. 

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