Wyoming County Partners 4 Prevention supports the:
Attica Police Department
Arcade Police Department
Perry Police Department
Warsaw Police Department
Wyoming County Sheriff's Department
in their continuing efforts to keep our roads and citizens safe.
Nearly every child and teacher knows about the nationally recognized, Red Ribbon Week. It is a time set aside each October to educate students on the dangers of drugs and encourage them to make healthy choices in their lives. But, do you know the story behind it?
It all began in Calexico, California with a little boy known as “Kiki”. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena may have lived in the humblest of dirt-floored houses, but it did not dampen his desire to make a difference in the world. He worked his way through college, served his country in the Marines and went on to become a police officer. He then decided to work for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continuing his pursuit of making a difference in the world. Knowing the danger involved, his mother did her best to talk him out of it. “I can’t not do this,” Kiki told her, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.
Camarena was sent to Mexico by the DEA to work undercover. His mission, to investigate a major drug cartel believed to involve government officials, law enforcement agencies and officers in the Mexican Army. Clearly, this was a very dangerous assignment. On February 7, 1985 as Enrique Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch, five men sidled the DEA agent forcing him into an awaiting car. At just 37-years-old, Kiki was gone. One month later, his tortured body was discovered in a shallow grave.
In honor of Calexico’s hometown hero’s dedication to the fight against drugs family, friends and neighbors began to wear red satin ribbons in Enrique Camarena’s memory. The parents of the community, angered at the destructive nature of drugs and alcohol, seized Camarena’s passionate belief that one person can make a difference. They began to form coalitions to pursue the fight against drugs on a local level and adopted the symbol of the red ribbon in Enrique Camarena’s honor. These grassroots efforts caught on quickly. In 1988, the National Family Partnership organized the first National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since then millions of our nation’s children have participated in Red Ribbon Week by celebrating healthy choices and speaking out against drugs and alcohol.
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