American Legion Donates Towards CHPD Life-Saving Program

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG)  |  By Elise Spleiss
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Citrus Heights American Legion 637 Commander Paul Reyes, ViceCom-mander Sylvia Thweatt, CHPD Commander Gina Anderson and CHPD Chief Ron Lawrence (left to right). -- Photo courtesy Jack Mintz

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On March 23, 2017 members of the Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 presented Police Chief Ron Lawrence and Commander Gina Anderson with a donation that will help bring a life-saving program to the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD).

One of the realities both law enforcement and the military share is the high rate of mental health disorders and suicides in both professions. The CHPD is working to bring Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed expert on this issue to Citrus Heights to present a workshop to their police officers and families.

Vice Commander Sylvia Thweatt presented the donation, saying their members stand behind the police department and wanted to contribute towards this endeavor. Commander Anderson thanked the Legion for their donation, acknowledging the spiritual bond shared by the police and military, both sworn to defend the Constitution and to protect the people.

The workshop will help officers understand and learn how to cope with the emotional “Hypervigilance Rollercoaster” they face daily, so they can maintain healthy relationships and retire with their mental health intact.

A fundraiser is being held to generate the funds to bring Gilmartin, author of “A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families” to Citrus Heights. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Citrus Heights Women’s Club and GFWC Sutter District are bringing “A Taste of Citrus Heights” to the Citrus Heights Community Center on April 28, 2017 to raise these funds.

The event will bring many local restaurants together for the public to sample their menu items, along with wine and beer, music and comedy. Look for more details on the event in future issues of the Messenger.

For information on purchasing tickets for “Taste of Citrus Heights” or if you own a restaurant or food truck and would like to participate at no cost, call 505-9221, go to www.tasteofcitrusheights.com.

Citrus Heights American Legion 637 Commander Paul Reyes, ViceCom-mander Sylvia Thweatt, CHPD Commander Gina Anderson and CHPD Chief Ron Lawrence (left to right). 
-- Photo courtesy Jack Mintz