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Chris Walk funds training with $25K Dunham Fund grant

ST. CHARLES – A local heroin abuse prevention group this month provided funds for police training with a $25,000 grant it received, according to a news release.

Chris Walk Against Substance Abuse received the grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, which is a philanthropic organization that provides financial support to qualifying organizations devoted to education, enterprise and community development.

The grant was used to bring the Desert Snow Criminal Interdiction Training Program Aug. 13 through 15 to 42 local and state officers at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release. Desert Snow LLC has conducted intense and relevant criminal and terrorist apprehension training since 1989.

Desert Snow is a primary trainer of the United States Customs and Border Patrol and is internationally recognized as a leader in the education and networking of local police officers, state law enforcement and federal agents, the release said.

The United States Border Patrol Campo Station Abatement Team reported the seizure of $20,000, as well as multiple seizures totaling 258 pounds of drugs with a total estimated value of more than $2.3 million after two weeks of applying tactics from a Desert Storm training, according to the release.

Chris Walk Against Substance Abuse is a nonprofit namesake cause in memory of St. Charles resident Chris Foley, who died of a heroin overdose in 2007. His mother, Vicki Foley, is president of Chris Walk and a Shaw Media employee.

The mission of Chris Walk is to secure funding for heroin abuse prevention and provide support to those dealing with addiction.

For information, visit www.chriswalk.net.

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