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“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”

– Captain Charles Teasdale (Wisconsin State Patrol – Southwest Region)

Recent News

Firefighter stops to comfort shaken boy at scene of car crash


“That’s part of our job,” said the Battalion Chief for Chandler Fire Department. “A lot of times we’re dealing with emotional needs. It’s not just putting out a fire, or putting a Band-Aid on a wound. I’m proud of our guys for doing that.”

For one firefighter, the job isn’t all about battling flames.

At the scene of a recent car accident in Chandler, Arizona, firefighter Russell Whaley stopped what he was doing to comfort a young boy jolted by the wreck. And a photo a passerby took of the touching moment last Friday has since gone viral.

“Firefighters wanted to check me and my daughter out first because we had the most visible damage,” Shana Pacheco, whose 4-year-old son Lucas is the boy in the photo, told TODAY. “And my son started getting worried and scared. He was nervous seeing me with an oxygen mask and all this stuff on me.”
That’s when Whaley distracted Lucas with a book, giving the mom some time to tend to her 2-year-old daughter and give a statement to police.

boy reading with First Responder

Read the Full Story: HERE courtesy of TODAY.com


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