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DUI task force pays for county's Red Ribbons


Last updated 10/28/2021 at 11:23am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Hill County Deputy Sheriff Robert Wickham, Randi Gabrielsen of the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line and Havre Police Sergeant Justin Gomke pose for a photo with a check Wickham and Gomke presented to Gabrielsen for the Boys & Girls Club to use to pay for red ribbons for all Hill County schools.

The Hill County DUI Task Force presented the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line a $600 check Wednesday to pay for all the ribbons for Red Ribbon Week in Hill County schools.

Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide drug abuse awareness campaign that Hill County schools participate in, and this year the task force decided that it wanted to help out.

Red Ribbon Week started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, who was murdered by drug traffickers during an investigation.

People started wearing red ribbons to honor his sacrifice and the practice eventually became a nationwide campaign.

Havre Police Sergeant Justin Gomke said it's always a good idea to encourage the event and try to make sure children aren't getting involved with drugs and this seemed like a good way to help do that.

Randi Gabrielsen of the HELP Committee and Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line said the contribution was unexpected, but very welcome.

"This was very very generous of them," Gabrielsen said.


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