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First Responders

Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“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.”

– Colonel  Charles Teasdale

Recent News

REACH-A-Child Delivers Books & Backpacks to Edgerton First Responders

REACH-A-Child was able to deliver 17 REACH BAGs to the Edgerton Police and Fire/EMS Departments this past Friday, July 12th, 2019. Our REACH BAG is a durable backpack filled with new children’s books and drawstring backpacks. The books and backpacks were acquired thanks to a generous donation from AT&T made earlier this year. Four REACH BAGs were delivered to Police Chief Robert Kowalski, with an additional 13 provided to the Fire & EMS unit. Thank you to AT&T for helping...

Annual Safety Day

Annual Safety Day

Mark you calendars for the 20th and 27th of July! Join our partners in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee County Parks for their annual Safety Day. From 11am-3pm you’ll enjoy a day filled with fun, family-friendly activities, get important community updates, and have a chance to participate in giveaways! You don’t want to miss it! For more information visit the MKE County Parks event page.

On May 15th, Eric Salzwedel delivered eight REACH bags to the Village of Howard fire department. This delivery was made possible thanks to a sponsorship from the Howard Suamico Optimist Club. During a luncheon with the department and the Brown County Sheriff, the group met outside for several pictures with our REACH mobile. We also delivered nine refill bags to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department Thank you, Howard Suamico Optimist Club for your continued support of our program and your...