Observing 26 years of the AMBER Alert Network
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — It has been 26 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. The AMBER Alert Network was created after his tragic death to provide emergency messages to the public when law enforcement determines that a child has been abducted.
Each year on January 13, the U.S. Department of Justice, state, regional, tribal, and local AMBER Alert coordinators, state missing children clearinghouses, and alert partners AMBER are observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day in honor of Amber Hagerman and the establishment. of a national AMBER Alert program by the US Department of Justice.
AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.
AMBER Alert broadcasts often include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions and information about the abductor’s vehicle, which could lead to the child’s recovery.
To date, 1,085 children across the country have been successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert program.
Here in the Brazos Valley, AMBER Alert Network Brazos Valley has partnered with local law enforcement and media to provide important information through its regional notification program since 2003. training and working with law enforcement local orders, emergency service personnel, search and rescue teams and other first responders to prepare for child abductions or missing child emergencies.
“We believe that everyone matters. Everyone is loved. And everyone is failing. In our communities, we need to do everything we can to bring this person home,” said AANBV Executive Director Chuck Fleeger.
AANBV hosts its 12th annual Missing Children’s Day poster contest for area 5th graders and continues to receive entries through local schools. Entries will be judged locally and the top three will be forwarded to the statewide judging conducted by the Texas Center for the Missing.
For more on how you can play a part in bringing these missing children home, watch the full interview with AANBV Executive Director Chuck Fleeger below:
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