John Draper of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program brings us the following story of Eddie Eagle's arrival in Stone Park, Illinois.
The Chicago area has received a new safety mascot that promises to make a huge impact. That’s right, we’re talking of course about Eddie Eagle! The Stone Park Police Department, in Stone Park, IL is the recipient of a grant from the NRA Foundation that enabled them to purchase their own Eddie Eagle Mascot costume. Deputy Chief Louis Fatta is extremely excited about the new addition to the department. “Unfortunately, guns can be found just about anywhere criminals leave them, in the streets, the parks…when the Police Department finds them we know what to do, but I have always been concerned about a child finding a gun,” explained Deputy Chief Fatta.
The department is ready to begin teaching children just what to do if they find a gun. Deputy Chief Fatta thinks a great aspect of the program is that it is geared towards different age groups and truly believes that “teaching them what to do if they find a gun will hopefully prevent a tragedy.”
The department already has at least one school on board, ready to receive the important safety message, and is in the process of adding more. They are also planning to go into neighboring towns and share Eddies’ important message. A huge thanks goes out to the Stone Park Police Department for their dedication to safety in their community.