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SEP 2018

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48 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 "Avengers: Infinity War"), face painting, and much more. roughout the month the superhero actors will also be going on shopping sprees in area stores. Reavie says Superhero September needed to grow because he realized the mission had to expand. "It's great to give a kid an action figure of their favorite su- perhero to change their outlook. It's even better to have that kid leave here (from the average people said, 'at's a great idea. How can we help?'" ose "above average" people include the Phoenix Police Ser- geants and Lieutenants Association, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the United Phoenix Firefighters, Child- help, the professionals and volunteers who work at the Child Advocacy Center, local businesses, and even the Phoenix Police marketing team. rough that marketing, Superhero September has been the subject of nu- merous TV news items and print stories in the Phoenix area and beyond. But so far no other city has tried to copy the Su- perhero concept. Reavie would like to see that happen and he would be glad to dis- cuss it with fellow officers. But his focus is Phoenix. Reavie sees the charity as an extension of his duty. "Uncle Ben in Spiderman said, 'With great power comes great respon- sibility.' By being sworn as a detective to take care of children and defend them, I have a great responsibility and it goes be- yond the criminal case I am investigating. We have the power and the responsibility to protect these children. And while they are here at the Center, we can do so much for them." Reavie admits that some people may believe his approach to changing the outlook of abused and neglected kids is "simplistic." And at the beginning even he asked if the superhero concept was really doing any good. en he saw something that convinced him that he was on the right track. "A 6-year-old girl, a sex abuse victim, came into the Center. She was terrified. All she would do is cling to her mother's leg. Finally, we coaxed her into the play- room. en she just hid in the corner. I had the playroom staff find her a cape and a mask. ey gave her a Batgirl-like cowl and cape in pink. She put it on. And with- in seconds, that little girl got up and ran over to the other kids in the playroom and told them, 'I'm a superhero, and I'm here to save all of you.' After seeing that I knew this works. It's a direct way to completely change these kids' affect. ey put on that costume and they're kids again." Superhero September: e Fantastic Fourth is scheduled for Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at 2120 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. CONTACT US TODAY FOR A DEMO 800.458.7866 Visit www.KustomSignals.com/Eagle 3 for more information on this and other law enforcement products from Kustom Signals Front and rear scan mode* Electronic fork test Color touch screen display NHTSA CPL approved Eagle 3 All in the smallest RADAR on the market. * Display changes with the fastest target regardless of front or rear Child Advocacy Center) clean with a full stomach and in new clothes and shoes," he says. Superhero September is now providing the children who come to the Center with food, clothing, shoes, school supplies, plus the toys and comic books. Some companies are even donating dia- pers, according to Reavie. "We are really resonating with people," Reavie says. "I had a good idea and above Making Superheros

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