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Campbells ATA hosts Family Safety Day

BANGOR Families are invited to attend the free Family Safety Day, which includes various safety seminars and presentations at Campbell's ATA Black Belt Academy, 33 School Street, in Bangor. Events include presentations on bullying prevention, cyber safety, anti-abduction and fire safety. 

Brenda Campbell is a co-owner of Campbell's ATA Black Belt Academy. She hopes that parents get a chance to attend and educate themselves about bullying and other safety concepts integral to children's safety.

'Parents determine how children act and what their threshold of decency will be. They [the children] learn everything at home first,' she said. 'If parents know how to approach it, all the better.'

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office will be on hand with the CHILD Project (Children's Identification and Location Database Project) where an image of the child's iris is taken with a special camera, allowing authorities to locate and identify missing children. The Freemasons will be providing the Child Identification Program, where they fingerprint the child, take a cheek swab for DNA and conduct a brief interview for identification purposes. All materials are then given to parents.

Autism Speaks will also have a booth with information about Autism awareness. 

Presenters include Ron Campbell, a third degree black belt and a certified presenter of the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program. He will be offering seminars at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Shellie Tourtillotte is the fire safety officer at Orrington Fire and previously worked at the Bangor Fire Department and as a fire fighter EMT at Hampden Public Safety. She will be holding the fire safety seminar at 10 a.m.

Bill Mitchell works in the computer crimes task force of the Maine State Police. He will be offering the cyber crimes presentation at 11:30 a.m.

Greg Mitchell is the lead instructor for Citizen Protection Group and has an extensive law enforcement background. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years. Mitchell will be offering the anti-abduction concepts training at 1 p.m.

There will be door prizes, specials throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at the end of the event.

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