The East Texas Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving hosted a Death Notification training on Wednesday April 19th at the Gilmer Civic Center for law enforcement, clergy and first responders. The training provided 43 participants, from all across east Texas, with best practices on delivering a death notification of a loved one. The training detailed the emotional hazards of crisis work, the needs of the newly bereaved and survivor reactions following a sudden death. Lauren Rowe, the National Senior Director of Victim Services with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, conducted the training which provided TCOLE hours for law enforcement. The training was provided at no cost to the participants through the generous support of the following sponsors: First National Bank of Gilmer, Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Schlotzsky’s of Gilmer, the Upshur County District Attorney’s office, the Gilmer Civic Center and the Gilmer Police Department. One participant noted on the survey comments “Appreciate local sponsors for having this workshop. Great speaker – useful information.” Melissa Granberry, Victim Services Specialist with MADD East Texas, who worked with community leaders to plan the event, stated that “Gilmer exhibited that when a community comes together anything can be achieved. In a day and time where rural agencies are struggling with tight budgets and limited resources, low cost local training is hard to come by. It was humbling to have such tremendous support from local businesses to provide this invaluable training for law enforcement, clergy and first responders who have the difficult task of delivering the worst news anyone could ever receive.”
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.