Ten-year volunteer helps children stay safe in the sunshine state

Florida's John Gluck is a ten year volunteer for the NRA's Eddie Eagle program

Law enforcement officers aren't the only people spreading Eddie Eagle's safety message across the country. This great article by Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator Katie McDermott highlights just one of the generous volunteers who give their time to ensure our children know what to do if they come across a firearm.

John Gluck of Seminole, Florida, has been a volunteer with the Eddie Eagle program for roughly ten years. During his tenure, he has reached over 200 children a year in his Florida community. He strives to get to as many schools, events, or other gatherings as he possibly can in order to get Eddie’s life-saving message out there to the public.

“It’s a fantastic program,” said Gluck. “We thank the Friends of NRA for all they do in order for us to receive the materials at no cost. I love the program.”

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Eddie Eagle says STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program taught its valuable lesson to students in South Carolina thanks to Sergeant Tony Ayers

Sergeant Tony Ayers of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina is a big supporter of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

"I feel it is very important to teach gun safety to kids," Ayers said. "Hopefully I will speak to that one kid who will remember what I said and that will prevent a child from being shot."

There are two main reasons why he likes teaching Eddie Eagle's message:

Toy guns, like Air Soft, look identical to and function just like real firearms.

"Without the Eddie Eagle program teaching kids to not touch guns they could easily mistake a real one for a toy," Ayers said.

Second, not all kids have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle firearms and that they aren't to be played with if found. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program steps in and makes sure all children know not to play with a gun if they find one.

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2011 Youth Education Summit attendee Rebekah Abel

Last week we paged through one of the top finishers in the Youth Education Summit Grand Scholarship andlearn about how they brought NRA programs into their communities. Let's take a look at the other top applicant, Rebekah Abel, who also received a college scholarship of $6,500.

The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship takes place after the seven-day National Y.E.S. in Washington, D.C. Students who are interested can plan and document the introduction of programs like Refuse To Be A Victim, Women On Target and more to their hometowns.

Rebekah, like Amanda, attended the 2011 Y.E.S., where she and her classmates spent a week seeing practically all of the sights in our nation's capital as they learned the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

When Rebekah returned home to Johnstown, Ohio, she was determined to become an active NRA supporter in her home state of Ohio and hopefully get some assistance for her future college studies along the way.

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National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention

Nashville, Tennessee - The National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention begins today as they do their best to woo the city of Nashville with their patronage and events. Taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, it is there where law enforcement professionals can learn about jail and court security, firearm training, hostage situations and more. More being a bit of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

"We are ready and waiting," said NRA Eddie Eagle Manager Eric Lipp. "The sheriffs are fantastic partners when it comes to helping spread Eddie's message."

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Nashville, Tennessee - Today marks the beginning of the 2012 National Sheriffs' Association's Annual Conference in Nashville. A gathering of the nation's sheriffs, deputies, like minded law enforcement professionals and one peculiar looking bird — Eddie Eagle.

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2011 NRA Youth Education Summit participant Amanda Krpan

2011 Youth Education Summit attendee Amanda Krpan was one of the top two finishers in this year's Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship, receiving a college scholarship of $6,500.

We've already told you applying for the scholarship entails introducing NRA programs into the student's community and documenting the process, but let's take a look in Amanda's application binder to see what's inside.

During her time in the nation's capital, Amanda toured most of the memorials and monuments in the area with 44 other high school sophomores and juniors as they learned the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Finding themselves in places like The Capitol Building, Marine Corps Base Quantico and of course NRA Headquarters, the kids had a lot of fun. The summit wasn't just one long tour full of photo ops though, students participated in individual speeches and debates during the week as they competed for up to $10,000 in college scholarships which were awarded at the summit's conclusion. 

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This time last year, Debbie Beaudry of the Las Vegas PD told us about Eddie Eagle thrilling the classrooms with his life saving message. Here it is again:

Eric Lipp, National Manager of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, received the following from Debbie Beaudry of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Traffic Bureau/Community Services Section on Eddie Eagle's visit to Vegas:

NRA's Eddie Eagle greeted by the school children of Las Vegas

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Sgt. Russ Henry, Sheriff Jim Ruth, Dillon Selby and his mom Debbie
Bradley County School Resource Officer Sgt. Russ Henry, Sheriff Jim Ruth, Dillon Selby and his mom Debbie.

Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Ruth presented Oak Grove Elementary School student Dillon Shelby an award for putting the lessons he learned from the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to good use.

Here's more from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office:

Friday morning, May 18, fifth grade students were pouring onto the Oak Grove Elementary School playground when student Dillon Selby spotted a gun near the swing sets. He immediately yelled out to his classmates to "Stop," and get back. He called for a teacher who alerted school resource officer Jay Lawson.

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Eric Lipp, Manager of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, recently shared this story with us of how Eddie's message is always reaching out to children around the country with the help of parents, educators and law enforcement officers. This time Eddie swooped down to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Warren, Tennessee.

Partners in Safety

Eddie Eagle teaches that if you see a gun: STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

In August of 2010, Deputy Bobby Pennington, of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, was attending the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) conference in Louisville, Kentucky. It was at this conference that Deputy Pennington, a SRO (school resource officer) for Warren County Schools, came across the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program booth. After speaking and visiting with Eddie Eagle Staff, Deputy Pennington went home with samples and brochures, and a phone number he made sure to call, to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

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