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Verizon Wireless Honors Local NOBLE Award Winner; Donates Grant To SAFE Shelter

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August 31, 2009

Caran Smith
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WHO
Verizon Wireless today honored Colonel MacArthur Holmes of Savannah with the National HopeLine® Law Enforcement Partnership Award from Verizon Wireless. The Georgia chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) collected over 220 used cell phones for Verizon Wireless’ national HopeLine program.

As a result of the Georgia NOBLE chapter’s efforts, Verizon Wireless also presented $2,500 to SAFE Shelter of Savannah, which provides emergency, temporary shelter and confidential services to victims of domestic violence.

In Picture, from L-R: Eddie Jones, Verizon Wireless store manager; Cheryl Branch, executive director, SAFE Homes; Colonel MacArthur Holmes, Chatham County Sherriff’s Department; Lt. Eva Perkins, vice president of NOBLE Georgia Chapter; Major John Wilcher, Chatham County Sherriff’s Department

WHAT
The HopeLine Law Enforcement Partnership Award honors the efforts of public safety officials who are committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue, and educating communities about domestic violence.

HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider and puts them to work in the community by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

WHEN
Tuesday, Sept. 1

WHERE
Verizon Wireless Store, 7805 Abercorn Street, Savannah

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HopeLine
HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ long-running phone recycling and reuse program, accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any carrier for reuse and recycling at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or via mail (postage paid label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel). Phones given to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline for more details.

About NOBLE
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members nationwide, primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners.

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