Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick Thanks Angels' Night Volunteers
DETROIT, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of what will go down in Detroit history as the safest Angels' Night period to date, Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick today thanked the tens of thousands of volunteers who made the citywide effort a success. This year, an estimated 40,000 volunteers participated in the three-day volunteer campaign -- making it the largest Angels' Night volunteer turnout ever. "This type of turnout for Angels' Night is further proof of the tremendous spiritual movement that is taking place in our city," said Mayor Kilpatrick. "When the efforts to take back our neighborhoods were initiated some 17 years ago, people dreamed of a day like this where our children and grandchildren wouldn't have to worry about arson during a national period of family fun." This year, the number of fires on each night during the three-day Angels' Night period -- and the total number of fires for the entire period -- fell below the average experienced on any typical day. This year's total number of fires for the three-day Angels' Night period, from October 29-31, was 110. In the 24-hour period beginning at midnight on Oct. 29, there were 32 fires. In the same time span on Oct. 30, the number was 37. On Halloween, Oct. 31, there were 41 fires. In total, the numbers were down from last year's figures, resulting in a 30 percent drop in total fires and a 41 percent drop in suspicious fires. "City residents and metro Detroiters alike -- concerned, caring people from all walks of life -- took the time to look out for Detroit during our 2002 Angels' Night Volunteer Campaign," said Mayor Kilpatrick. "Those volunteer city angels wrapped their arms around Detroit and patrolled neighborhoods, turned on porch lights, and adopted abandoned buildings, helping to ensure that Detroit's neighborhoods were protected from would-be arsonists throughout the Halloween weekend," he added. Mayor Kilpatrick also expressed his appreciation for the unprecedented coverage and support of the media and corporate citizens in the community. As in previous years, a 6 p.m. curfew for those 18 and under was enforced as a part of the three-day campaign. This year, there were 104 curfew violators detained at neighborhood precincts. In terms of arson arrests, there were a total of 19 arrests during the Angels' Night period but no arson-related arrests on Halloween, Oct. 31. "This is further proof that our message about volunteerism took root, and underscores the importance of our community joining together to provide other activities for our young people during Angels' Night," the Mayor added. Key elements of the 2002 Angels' Night Volunteer Campaign included: * Neighborhood patrols * The Adopt-A-House, orange ribbon, and porch light programs * A strict youth curfew from 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. on Oct. 31 for those under age 18. Several government agencies also contributed to the Angels' Night effort by participating in the FireNet Program, a multi-jurisdictional effort to catch and arrest arsonists coordinated by the Detroit Fire Department and Detroit Police Department. Participating agencies included: U.S. Marshals; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Michigan State Police; the Michigan State Fire Marshal; and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, more than 75 organizations donated invaluable money, food, telephones, and other goods and services to the Angels' Night effort. The City of Detroit awarded prizes and certificates to 29 talented children who entered the Angels' Night Poster, Essay and Oratorical Contests. The children publicly received recognition from Mayor Kilpatrick, family members and other Detroiters at the Mayor's Annual Angels' Night Volunteer Rally at King High School on Oct. 26. This year, the City received 1,785 contest entries from students attending public and private schools across the city. Students were asked to submit posters, essays, poems, speeches or raps focusing on one of three themes, "Respect Detroit," "I Can Make a Difference in Detroit," and "What I Can Do to Fight Arson." The grand prize was a new computer system complete with a printer. Second-place prizes were digital cameras, and the third-place prize was a $100 gift certificate from Toys "R" Us. POSTER CONTEST WINNERS Elementary School Category Grand-prize winner: Jamal Simmons Mann Elementary Second-place winner: Artina Gomez Carleton Elementary Third-place winner: Torianna Hudson Academy of Fine & Performing Arts - East Middle School Category Grand-prize winner: Stephanie Taylor Bates Academy Second-place winner: Charles Ellis Academy of Fine & Performing Arts - East Third-place winner: Marisa Richmond Winans Academy of Performing Arts High School Category Grand-prize winner: William Jacobs Crockett Career Center Second-place winner: Joseph McTere Jr. Cass Technical High School Third-place winner: Danah Givens Renaissance High School ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS Elementary School Category Grand-prize winner: Bailey McFadden Bates Academy Second-place winner: Dale Dorsey Marshall Elementary School Third-place winner: Imani Eagan Barbara Jordan Elementary School Middle School Category Grand-prize winner: Karhonda Ransom Whitney Young Middle School Second-place winner: Devon Porter David Ellis Academy (Three-way tie for third place) Third-place winners: Lamont Foster Spain Middle School Crystal Davis South Rademacher Recreation Center Cristy Miles Cornerstone Schools High School Category Grand-prize winner: Douglass Davis Crockett Career & Technical Center Second-place winner: Steven Jackson Cass Technical High School Third-place winner: Brittany Young Cass Technical High School ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNERS Elementary School Category Grand-prize winner: Christian Williams Edison-Oakland Public Academy Second-place winner: Taryn Sanford Spain Elementary School Third-place winner: Alan Byrd Bates Academy Middle School Category Grand-prize winner: Kiara Altman Aisha Shule Academy Second-place winner: Oni Carver Hally Middle School Third-place winner: Marchelle McClung Hally Middle School High School Category Grand-prize winner: Zakiya Polk Renaissance High School Second-place winner: Elisse Ramey Cass Technical High School Third-place winner: Rita Carter Cody High School To see the winning entries, visit www.angelsnight.org or www.ci.detroit.mi.us . 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