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Visalia Criminal Justice students attend the Hero’s Breakfast

July 12, 2012

SJVC Visalia's Criminal Justice Students at Hero's Breakfast“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Many job seekers and students have heard that saying time and time again, but SJVC Visalia Criminal Justice students Lizbeth Gomez and Dnae Blow capitalized on the idea.

The two attended a Hero’s Breakfast held at Quail Park; to honor law enforcement members in the community. The ceremony started by thanking the heroes for their commitment to the community. The members of the organizations were presented to the attendees while everyone enjoyed breakfast.

Throughout the breakfast, the students visited with the officers and some of the residents of Quail Park.

“There was a lot of socializing, with different police departments, fire departments, and paramedics from all of Tulare County together laughing while eating breakfast,” explains Dnae.

While meeting different officers Lizbeth said she, “realized how important it is for our Heroes to feel appreciated.” By watching how the officers interacted with one another, the students learned how to present themselves in a professional manner.

“I felt special being surrounded by all types of law enforcement, and especially liked the comment that maybe next year we could attend the breakfast again,” said Lizbeth.

“Our two students looked great,” stated Laura Lathrop, director of the criminal justice program. “They had an opportunity to rub elbows with Visalia PD, Fire, Ambulance, Tulare County Sheriff and CHP.”

To show the community’s appreciation for the heroes’ work, baskets were raffled off. The first basket to be raffled off was the one that SJVC donated.

“It took both Sgt. Blow and me to carry it,’ explained Lizbeth, “And they were really grateful for the basket- which happened to be the largest one there!” Both Dnae and Lizbeth believe the Sheriff Deputy was very lucky to win their basket.

Lizbeth and Dnae feel honored to have been involved with this event. They hope to attend again, and encourage others to get involved and keep appreciating the hard, life-threatening work the heroes do.


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