December 4, 2021

Heard County celebrates ‘Red Ribbon’ week

(Franklin, GA) — Red Ribbon Week is celebrated yearly nationwide from October 23 – 31.  Red Ribbon Week was started in 1985 after drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered a DEA Agent.  With this being the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, it’s message is to present a commitment to a Drug Free society.

Each year Heard County Schools participate in Red Ribbon Week with various themes and activities being held each day.  This year, Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry provided banners, bracelets, book marks and pencils to the students in the three Elementary Schools in Heard County.

“We, as law enforcement officers, are dedicated to the continued fight against illegal drugs in Heard County.  Keeping illegal drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our children is one of our main goals” stated Sheriff Ross Henry.

During Red Ribbon Week this year, Officers with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Dept. and the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office were invited to speak to children at Heard County Elementary and Centralhatchee Elementary Schools about the dangers of drugs.

“We always enjoy visiting with our students and talking to them about various topics.  We want them to know that we care and are here for them if they have any questions or concerns”  added Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah.

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