Press Release: Proviso Township First Responder Explorers 911 Expo, Saturday, December 7



Officer Jeanette Johnson

Bellwood Police Department

(708) 466-2513 cell

(708) 547-5316 fax

Proviso West High School – “Torch” Mentoring Club in partnership with the Des Plaines Valley Council / Boys Scouts of America –“Explorers” Division announces the very first of its kind for youth ages 14-20.

Proviso Township “FIRST RESPONDERS” EXPLORER’S   911 EXPO -2013, Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9am – 1pm at Proviso West High School – Field House, 4701 Harrison, Hillside, Illinois

This event is designed to provide our youth with information to assist them in preparation for future career choices as “First Responders”.  The Expo will target areas in Law Enforcement, Fire Fighter Sciences & other Emergency Service Careers.

First Responders, servicing our communities and beyond has been phrased as, “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing”, Aristotle.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, November 26, 2013, registration sites are local schools and churches in the Proviso Township area.  This event qualifies for school community service hours, entry is free and lunch is included.  PARENTS YOU ARE INVITED.

For additional information concerning the Proviso Township “FIRST RESPONDERS” EXPLORER 911 EXPO 2013, contact information is provided at the beginning of this release.

This event is the brain child of one of Proviso Township’s very own, Officer Jeanette Johnson, a 23 year veteran of the Bellwood Police Department.  As a juvenile officer and field training officer for new recruits in our department, I’ve noticed that something is missing.  Their desires to become what they dream of as a child have not been fully nurtured; therefore natural instincts to serve are not achieved.

Regardless of our communities various beliefs, one quote that has stood the test of time is, “It takes a village to raise a child” (African Proverb).

As a community/village, we are responsible for assisting our youth in becoming well rounded individuals, to ensure their ability to respond to the future needs of our immediate communities and beyond.

So, what is an Explorer Program? For details go to

Presenters for this event will encompass existing Explorer Post from various surrounding communities and representatives from all five branches of the armed forces, community based youth outreach programs.  Information provided will assist them in finding opportunities to start their lifelong learning process to become a “FIRST RESPONDER”.  Youth involved in programs of this sort experience events that take them from their communities to state and national levels of showing them what true “FIRST RESPONDERS”, are really about.

The ultimate goal of this event is to raise the awareness of the Proviso Township community residents and its governing officials of the important benefits of having “youth programs” of this kind.  To support our youth in making choices that effect their personal growth, sense of community and beyond. VFP

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