Red Ribbon Week

Brian Webb, WMPN, Gina Olheiser,WMPN, Chuck Ralls, City Manager, Kim Whaley, Pathways to a Healthier You, Smokey Dobbins, Mayor and Scott Boland, Pathways to a Healthier You gathered during a presentation for the signing of the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation during Comanche’s council meeting.

The City of Comanche met on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for its monthly meeting during which they proclaimed the week of Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week.

City Manager Chuck Ralls said they would utilize this time to do a public signing for the awareness week.

Gina Olheiser, with Wichita Mountains Prevention Network (WMPN), said Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.

“The national family partnership started Red Ribbon Week after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration’s special agent, Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who was brutally tortured and murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico,” Olheiser said. “After his death, people started wearing red ribbons to honor Kiki’s sacrifice. Today, billions of people celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing red ribbons, participating in community anti-drug event and pledging to live drug-free lives.”

Olheiser said this is one way to bring communities on board, as well as become more aware and involved.

According to Olheiser, they are pushing to get proclamations signed with all of the Jefferson and Stephens County towns and cities.

“We have dates set for Marlow and Bray already,” she said. “(We are) hoping to try and get more drug free awareness out in our communities.”

More on the Comanche City Council meeting will appear in future editions of The Banner.

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