Breast cancer, domestic violence and drug abuse awareness proclamation signing at RAFB

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It was an emotional day in Houston County, Friday.

“I can’t put it in words,” says Houston County District Attorney, George Hartwig, as he recalled a murder that still haunts him to this day.

“It’s a horrible thing to go through,” says Hartwig.

Robins Air Force Base joined Houston County community leaders for the 5th annual declaration of “Triple Ribbon Month” proclamation signing ceremony.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to partner together with our community and talk about three very important things, breast cancer, domestic violence and drug abuse,” says RAFB 78th Air Force Wing Commander Col. Chris Hill.

“We are learning how to respond, how to react and how to support victims.”

The proclamation ceremony was held at Central Georgia Technical College, Warner Robins campus, located at 80 Cohen Walker Drive.

Hartwig says domestic violence can happen to anyone. One of his legal assistant, Jessica Wolfe, was killed two years ago by her boyfriend, he said.

“It was very traumatic for the people, that worked with her and her family and friends,” added the district attorney. “It’s something that frankly no one should ever have to go through.”

He was among those in the small crowd for the proclamation signing ceremony.

“Prevention is really our first line of defense,” says Hartwig. “It’s great if we can stop these types of things from occurring.”

Warner Robins Mayor, Randy Toms says he has seen families torn apart by domestic violence and drug abuse.

“It is destroying the very people that are abusing the drugs,” says Toms. “We want even them to know we care too much about them to sit idly by and let it destroy them.”

Perry Mayor Jjimmy Faircloth says his city is working to stop drugs at the source.

“By keeping the gangs out of the city,” says Faircloth. “One of the things that the gangs tend to focus on is crime. One of the ways to fund crime is through the sale of drugs.”

Another topic, not just at Robins Air Force Base, but throughout the community is breast cancer among men with the disease.

According to statistics, this disease does not just affect women, in the United States about 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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