FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 26, 2014
Contact: John Guerin 978-373-3976 (m) 978-697-2329 (Photos Attached)
OPPORTUNITY WORKS CONDUCTS SAFETY AWARENESS DAY AT HAVERHILL CAMPUS
“Local public safety agencies instruct participants on life safety skills”
HAVERHILL – Opportunity Works, a private, not-for-profit organization that empowers adults with disabilities and their families, held its first annual Safety Awareness Day last week on their current campus on Summer Street. The agency will be moving into a state-of-the-art, 37,000 sq. ft. facility behind and abutting Northern Essex Community College late this fall.
Officer Paul Malone, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management of the Haverhill Police Department coordinated the event with Opportunity Works managers and staff to create a day of instruction, demonstrations, fun activities and a cookout lunch for all involved. Officer Malone was joined by Lt. Inspector Roger Moses and Insp. Steven Trocki of the Haverhill Fire Department, Andrew Robertson of Trinity, EMS, the city’s ambulance service, and Sgt. Scott Souza and his work-dog partner, “Ace” from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department along with Sgt. Jenna Walsh and her partner, “Trouble”.
Each public safety agency made a classroom presentation and then demonstrated the equipment and other assets they brought to the event outside of the building. Lee Barrowclough, Melissa Merrow, Lindsey Harris and Erika Davis headed up the safety day committee for Opportunity Works. This first of its kind event was designed to instruct program participants on life safety skills as well as to foster greater understanding in the relationship between adults with disabilities and public safety personnel. Individuals from both the Haverhill and Newburyport Opportunity Works campuses participated in the fun and educationally significant day.
Merrow, the Director of Specialized Day Services said, “The day was fun, interactive and informative and the individuals had a blast!” Program participant Tricia Borucki agreed. “I had fun and I liked the ambulance”, she said. Matt Jackson and Richard Cosman enjoyed the law enforcement and fire prevention demonstrations. “I liked the fire house. I learned about fires”, Jackson noted. Cosman added that “It was fun and I enjoyed the police.”
Barrowclough and Harris, who coordinated the event for Opportunity Works were pleased with the event’s success. “Nice weather, great demonstrations and fun was had by all”, said Barrowclough. Harris summed it up by saying, “Awesome day altogether. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”
To find out more about Opportunity Works and its premier programs and services, please call 978-358-5804 or visit www.opportunityworks.org.
Opportunity Works participants and Essex County Sheriff’s Department officers get together after a police dog demonstration. From left are: Sgt. Jenna Walsh, Kevin Cerulo, Sgt. Scott Souza and Adam Lamontagne.
Sgt. Jenna Walsh of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department demonstrates a search technique with her work dog partner, Trouble.