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Locals attend victim conference

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Sandy Egbers, Linda Fay, Donna Thoma, Ed Thoma, Nancy Smitz, and Under Sheriff Ben Lowe representing Roscommon County while attending the Victim Advocate State Conference in Traverse City.

REGION- Three hundred twenty members of Victim’s Service Units, liaisons, and coordinators from across Michigan attended the 2023 MSA State Conference April 14 -15 at Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City.

Topics included Drug Awareness, Recognition and Safety; Domestic Violence Recognition Signs and Identifiers; I Understand, “Compassionate Comfort for those Affected by Suicide; self-care for first responders; and Lessons Learned in Large-Scale Responses.

VSU teams are called out to assist victims or survivors, in response to a variety of traumatic incidences, as requested by local police agencies or fire departments.

2022 Advocate of the Year was Mary Clark of Eaton County. Kent County was honored as 2022 Unit of the Year.

The conference is part of the MSA Victim Advocate required annual training.

For more information regarding the Roscommon County Victim Service Unit, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 989-275-5101.

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