Coffee with the Captain

By Robin Hicks Nunley – Executive Director, West Palm Beach & Martin Co. Chapter

Earlier this month the Red Cross Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter once again hosted what has become a very popular event in Belle Glade with the third of its, “Coffee With…” series. The most exciting part of the event: The Red Cross announced it would continue these informative community forums and will continue to offer opportunities to educate the community on the mission of the Red Cross.

This time, it was “Coffee with The Captain,” featuring Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain Ed Luty. Captain Luty has served in multiple executive positions with the Sheriff’s Office in the Glades, having recently been named to oversee law enforcement for the West Region.  The region, headed by Captain Luty, includes 4 districts and the support of 117 sworn officers.

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The Red Cross has announced it will continue these informative community forums to educate the community on the mission of the Red Cross.

One of the most interesting things Captain Luty spoke about was the use of technology in crime prevention.  He described sensors that are strategically placed around the region to triangulate sound.  When a shot is fired, it is picked up by the sensors and police dispatchers and patrol officers in squad cars receive GPS data pinpointing the location of the sounds, allowing police to respond to exact locations of potential crime.

The Captain talked about community policing and thanked the community partners, singling out the Lyons Club, Rotary, the Ministerial Association and H.E. Hill Foundation.  It was mentioned that the Facebook page, BG Community Updates, provides important and real time information to the community about law enforcement responses.


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Captain Luty saved his highest praise for the Red Cross noting, “The Red Cross is one of those groups that you just don’t think about until you need them, and they are always there.”  He outlined the many ways the Red Cross works together with law enforcement, citing how PBSO Explorer Cadets were trained to be Red Cross Disaster Aides for emergency sheltering, and how Red Cross volunteers respond to assist families displaced by home fires – America’s most common disaster threat.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP Visit to find out more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from home fires. You can become a Red Cross volunteer visiting Or donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. Children can earn points and incentives in a fun, gaming environment while learning how to prevent a home fire and other emergencies in the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. The First Aid App has information on what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.


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