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Georgetown Teenagers Learn Legacy of Fallen Officer Chad Spicer

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The teenagers ran from the Georgetown Middle School to the Circle in Georgetown (Source: Evan Koslof) The teenagers ran from the Georgetown Middle School to the Circle in Georgetown (Source: Evan Koslof)
Ruth Ann Spicer, the mother of the fallen officer, shook the hands of all the teenagers involved (Source: Evan Koslof) Ruth Ann Spicer, the mother of the fallen officer, shook the hands of all the teenagers involved (Source: Evan Koslof)
School Resource Officer Joey Melvin lead the teenagers on the run on Monday (Source: Evan Koslof) School Resource Officer Joey Melvin lead the teenagers on the run on Monday (Source: Evan Koslof)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - Step by step, a group of 20 teenagers began their journey on Monday to learn what it means to serve. The teenagers, aged in between 12 and 15-years-old ran from the Georgetown Middle School to the Georgetown Circle on Monday morning, in a ceremonious beginning to their Junior Police Academy. The academy, which will take place throughout the week, is dedicated to Georgetown Patrolman Chad Spicer, who was shot and killed during a botched robbery in 2009. 

"He's no longer with us," said School Resource Officer Joey Melvin to the group of teenagers. "But we're going to honor him today. And that's why we're down here." 

The teenagers gathered in front of Spicer's memorial on the Circle, for a ceremony, in which they met Spicer's parents Ruth Ann and Norman, as well as his daughter, Aubrey. The family presented the teenagers with a black and blue wristband, which symbolized police comradery. 

"This blue line," he told the teenagers. "Represents our team. The law enforcement team. And the Spicers are going to hand these out for you to wear all week. And as your there this week, and as it gets tough, if you want to quit, and your tired, that's your reminder that it's OK."

Ruth Ann told WBOC that her son would have been honored to see the program. which is in its inaugural year.

"He would be so honored by this," she said. "Because he would love being there for kids. If he was here for his daughter today, he would just be so thrilled that he could participate in all of her activities."

Spicer's family shook the hands of each of the teenagers on Monday morning to thank them for their involvement. 13-year-old Jovani Juelz Castaneda said Spicer's legacy will live on through their actions. 

"Seeing a whole community fall," he said. "And then come back together is heart-touching." 

The academy is funded by private donations from local businesses and neighbors. It also has a significant donation from the Chad Spicer Foundation. Melvin said that the program was important because it could help strengthen the relationship between police and young people. 

"It's an opportune time to make contact with the kids," he said. "And form those relationships. And honestly mend some broken relationships that some may have. Some only have negative relationships with law enforcement. And we need to change that and let them know that we are the guardians. We like to consider ourselves the guardians of the community." 

Georgetown Police Chief R.L. Hughes said that he is hopeful the academy will return again next year.

The status of Spicer's convicted killer can be found here

A small biography of Spicer's career can be found here

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