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Foundation Donates Training Suit

Gift will be used for Explorer's self-defense training.

Posted: February 15, 2008 6:55 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
On behalf of the Nicole Parker Foundation for Children, Lori Parker-Gladstein donated a $5,000 RedMan XP 4-by-4 training suit to the California Highway Patrol's Explorer Program at the Castaic station on Wednesday.

"We're very proud to contribute this suit as part of the CHP's wish list," said Parker-Gladstein, president of the Foundation.

The new training suit will allow new CHP-trainees an opportunity to participate in extensive combat training without suffering physical injury. With the 4-by-4, an instructor can instruct up to four officers at once by simulating fighting techniques.

"It gives them self-defense training," said CHP Sgt. Andrew Hernandez. "A lot of these kids have never been in a fight before. So it's good practice and training."

The training gear is perfect for the CHP's Explorer Program, which prepares 15 to 21 year olds to be cadets at the CHP Academy.

Based in Woodland Hills, the Nicole Parker Foundation for Children was established in 1994 in memory of Nicole Parker, an 8-year-old who was kidnapped while playing with a softball in Tarzana. Her body was discovered stuffed in a suitcase in the bedroom closet of a child molester.


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