Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator John Draper sends NRAblog the following update from the sunny state of California:
Sgt. Tony Campbell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Monterey Park, Calif., submitted the winning application for the 2010 The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program mascot costume competition in Southern California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will receive an Eddie Eagle costume, at no cost, to aid them in their gun accident prevention efforts among young children.
The program’s delivery has been enhanced by the availability, beginning in 1996, of Eddie Eagle mascot costumes to law enforcement agencies. The costume helps capture children’s attention during presentations, and leaves a lasting positive impression. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program started four years ago in Los Angeles County, and the department is working hard to educate the community and children about firearm accident prevention.
“Gun safety in the home is paramount for people from all walks of life,” said Sgt. Campbell. “The Eddie Eagle program has been a great tool to inform the community.”
Lissa Davis, NRA Field Representative for Southern California had this to say. “I’m so pleased that the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department believes in the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program and has been able to effectively put the safety training to use. Responsible firearm ownership is a cornerstone of the NRA’s mission, and keeping kids safe is of paramount importance.”
Schools, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in more information about The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, or persons who wish to see if free materials are available in their communities, should call the Eddie Eagle Department at (800) 231-0752 or visit www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie.