Sheriff’s Detective Trains Durham-Area Young Marines
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Contact: Dep. Paul Sherwin
Public Information Officer
SHERIFF’S DETECTIVE TRAINS DURHAM-AREA YOUNG MARINES
Durham, N.C., Sept. 4, 2012—Sheriff’s Cpl. Jeff Smith’s years in the United States Navy are behind him, but he still stays connected to his service days as a volunteer with the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Young Marines. The Young Marines is a “youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages eight through completion of high school. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.” (youngmarines.com)
Smith, 42, became involved with the Young Marines in October 2010 when his son expressed interest in joining the program. Now, Smith and seven other adult volunteers give about two hours of their time each Tuesday night to mentor a group of 15 young people. “The program is focused on teaching adolescents and teens how to be respectful, dignified, disciplined and community-service oriented,” Smith said. “Not all of these Young Marines will go on to join the military, but they have made a commitment to serve their country and their communities by becoming responsible members of society.”
The Raleigh-Durham Young Marines chapter meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Durham County Courthouse. They receive instruction and training in outdoor survival, first aid, CPR, community service, drill and ceremony, and more during their weekly meetings. The Young Marines also make trips to locations such as the United States Marine Corps museum and the Marine Corps Base Quantico. In order to join the program, members must be between the ages of eight and 18 and maintain at least a C average in school.
“The Young Marines is a great program that I’m proud to participate in,” Smith said. “Our youth are our future, and programs like the Young Marines have such a positive and long-lasting impact on young people. It’s rewarding to watch these Young Marines grow and develop into leaders and responsible young adults,” he added.
The Raleigh-Durham Young Marines chapter is commanded by Timothy Furlow who is a federal probation officer in Durham. He can be reached at 336-391-3018.
Cpl. Jeff Smith is currently assigned as a detective in the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division. He has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. Smith may be reached at 919-560-0885 or 919-697-2466.
Durham County Sheriff Office, Judicial Building, 201 East Main Street, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 170
Durham, NC 27701, (919) 560-0897
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