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Molloy Hosts Safety Awareness Event w/Special Guests

Photos by Jackson Seeley ’22. Group photo L-R: Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93, PO Naglieri, Lt. Rosalyn Blackwell of NYPD Crime Prevention Division, self-defense advocate and national speaker Kelly Herron, Julie Morrill and Rebecca Tolkoff of Train Your Roar, John Honerkamp of The Ron Collective, and Jessica McEntee ’05.

Archbishop Molloy High School would like to thank John Honerkamp of The Run Collective and self-defense advocate Kelly HerronLt. Rosalyn Blackwell of the NYPD Crime Prevention Division, and Julie Morrill and Rebecca Tolkoff of self-defense group Train Your Roar for their participation in Molloy’s recent Safety Awareness Event on January 24th. The event was held during Runner Safety Awareness Week. Jessica McEntee ’05 began the program with a few opening remarks. “The issue of public safety is one that affects people from all walks of life in our city, but unfortunately particularly resonates with our Molloy family,” said Jessica. “We lost a member of our community, Karina Vetrano in 2016, when, while out on an ordinary run, she fell victim to a senseless act. The truth is that most people don’t believe they will become a victim, until they are one. With the support of Karina’s family, we continue to work to honor her legacy.” 

Throughout the evening, each special guest shared valuable insight and perspectives on self-defense and safety awareness as well as information about additional resources that are available to all of us. Audience members learned best practices for designing safe routes for exercise, how to be better aware of your day-to-day surroundings, informing others of your route and plans to run, and how to escape and avoid potential conflict. The event welcomed members of the Molloy and greater Queens communities and was a great success. Molloy hopes to maintain its connections with these organizations and could potentially host a similar event in the future. Special thanks to Fox 5 News for covering the event. Click the button below to see the news report.

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