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Sunday Special: Rewarding smart girls, good cops

Sunday Special is a weekly feature by BreakingAC that will take a look at those doing good in and from our area.
If you know someone who deserves attention, email BreakingAC with the subject: Sunday Special.

Giving girls the gift of higher education

When Indra Owens and  Automne Bennett started Princess Inc., they knew they wanted to have an impact on the girls of Atlantic City.
Now, they are helping some get to college — for free.
All recruits have to be high school freshmen in Atlantic County with at least a 3.0 GPA and be on the free lunch program, Owens said.
They also have to do community service, which is through Princess Inc.
For more information go to Princess Inc’s Website: princessinc.com.

Prosecutor honors officers who do good

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office marked “Thank a Police
Officer Day” with a video honoring officers from throughout the
county.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner remembers growing up with “Officer Friendly.”
“That was something police officers were known as, to serve and protect,” he said. “That image has, unfortunately, left the public’s eye.”
Instead, he said, the attention is turning to the negative things that have been captured on video.
But those are the rarities, he said.
Now, his office is featuring the good things officers do with a feature called Random Acts of Copness.
“I think it’s incumbent upon my office to highlight the work they do when they go above and beyond,” he said.
The latest random act featured on the Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page is the story of Hammonton Police Patrolman Eric Pohl.
His department first acknowledged Pohl on its own page, telling the story of a boy struck by a vehicle while riding his bike near Warren E. Sooy Jr. Elementary School.
Responding to the call, Pohl saw the boy had only some minor scratches, but that he didn’t have a helmet and the bike’s brakes didn’t work. The father of two girls decided that wasn’t good.
“So I took a ride over to Walmart, purchased a bike and a helmet and brought it to him at his school in uniform,” the 111-year veteran told the Prosecutor’s Office. “And I have to say, he was just speechless.”

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