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“Sound The Sirens” Fundraising Dinner To Benefit Local First Responders

A nonpartisan fundraising dinner, “Sound the Sirens,” with guest speaker Amber Oberheim, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Mount Zion Convention Center, to showcase public support for local first responders.

All proceeds from the evening will be directed to Peacemaker Project 703 and the Decatur Area Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

Amber is the widow of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim, who was killed earlier this summer while responding to a domestic violence call. He was not given the opportunity to unholster his weapon before he was fatally shot. Amber and her four daughters launched Peacemaker Project 703 in Chris’ honor to raise awareness and support for local law enforcement.

The Decatur Area Critical Incident Stress Management Team, started by Tara Ulis, is made up of peer support members and mental health professionals trained to provide education and emotional support to first responders in Macon County that are exposed to psychological stressors inherent to the job.

Several first responders, as well as state and local elected officials will be in attendance.

Tickets are $30 per person, $10 per child. To order tickets, make checks payable to “MCRCC” and send to Virginia Franklin, 3011 Lynnwood Dr., Decatur, IL 62521, by August 10. There will be limited tickets available at the door.

For more information, contact Jo Caulkins at (217) 433-0834.

The event is sponsored by the Macon County Republican Women and the Macon County Republican Central Committee.

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