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Beach Shorts

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Beach Shorts

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YOUTH POLICE ACADEMY

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department will sponsor its sixth Youth Police Academy beginning April 17.

The academy is open to all youths 9 to 12 years of age. The academy will consist of seven sessions, running from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The class will conclude with a graduation ceremony on May 22. Participants will learn and performing police functions in a controlled atmosphere. The Youth Police Academy will focus on "hands on" activities. The class is offered free of charge. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt, hat, class photo and various handouts describing police operations.

Topics to be addressed in the academy include patrol operations, detective/criminal investigations, traffic evidence processing, SWAT (special weapons and tactics), defensive tactics and canine patrol.

Anyone interested should contact Detective. Sgt. Mark Evans at 270-1665.

FIRE MARSHAL BENEFIT

For the sixth year, the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department and Carrabba's Italian Grill will host a benefit for former Fire Marshal Austin Wilson, who was paralyzed in a boating accident on Lake George.

Carrabba's will host a special luncheon Wednesday, April 21. Two seatings are available, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 with all proceeds going to the R. Austin Wilson Jr. Assistance Fund. The menu includes chicken Marsala, salad, pasta, bread, beverage and dessert. The cost is $12.50.

Tickets are available from the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department at Third Street and Second Avenue South and at the utility billing window at City Hall at 11 Third St. N. Call 247-6201 for more information.

In June 1998, Wilson, a 15-year veteran of the Fire Department, was vacationing on Lake George. His spinal cord was injured, leading to ongoing extensive rehabilitation and specialized equipment. …

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