The Davis County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business presented a check for $16,508 on Thursday to Attorney General John Swallow to help fund the Utah AMBER Alert Program. The check is the largest donation ever given to the program and the group has now raised more than $50,000 during the past five years.
Child Advocate and Women in Business Member Elayne Runyan-Simmons was joined by Davis County Chamber of Commerce Jim Smith to make the presentation to Swallow and Utah AMBER Alert Coordinator Paul Murphy. “The Women in Business make this wonderful program a reality, without their help the Utah AMBER Alert program wouldn’t be where it is today,” said Murphy.
The Utah AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, media and transportation to rapidly disseminate information about a suspect and victim to law enforcement and the public when a child has been abducted. The AMBER Alert Program receives no legislative funding but training classes and materials have been provided because of the money raised by the Women in Business.
Utah’s child abduction response program started in 2002 and was known initially as the Rachel Alert, after Rachel Runyon, the three-year old daughter of Elaine Runyan-Simmons, who was abducted and murdered in 1982. So far the AMBER Alert has been responsible for the safe return of 17 children in Utah and 602 children nationwide.
More information on the AMBER alert is available at http://www.amberalert.utah.gov/.