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Amber Alert Commemoration

January 11th, 2008 by flanews

Amber Alerts have saved 42 children across the state of Florida since the program started in 2000.  The North Florida Child Abduction Response Team is one of 13 teams across the state that immediately responds and investigates the cases of missing children. 

At the Amber Alert Commemoration FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said that alert messages are displayed across the state.

“We’re able to broadcast it statewide or regionally,” Bailey said.  “They have signs on the interstates they have signs on the turnpike.  The media will actually interrupt it’s broadcast to tell of an Amber Alert.  So it’s almost immediate as soon as we have enough information.”

This immediate response was not always the case.  In September of 1995 Jimmy Ryce was abducted and murdered.  At the Amber Alert Commemoration his parents shared an emotional appeal urging support  for Amber Alerts so other parents won’t have to feel their pain of losing a child.

“I believe if yall had been there on September 11th of 1995 when my 11 year old son was taken he would be sitting out there in the audience today 22 years old a member of the team,” Claudine Rice said.  “And you will save children’s lives.  Because I don’t want another mother to be up here like me.”

As part of the National Amber Alert Awareness Day next week, several agencies including the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association and the Florida Lottery, will display messages about four children that are still missing in the state of Florida.  

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