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A big-city lawman rides into the Fort

If a former NYC police commissioner comes to town and no reporter is present to write about his talk at the Fort Smith Public Library, was he really here?

Yes! Howard Safir is a member of the U.S. Marshals Museum's Foundation board and spoke to a room full of local residents Tuesday night.

Safir spent time at the U.S. Marshals Service, where he ran the USMS Witness Protection Program. Safir talked to the audience about his experiences with protected witnesses, and his work as New York's Fire Commissioner and, later, Police Commissioner - following in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt.

Safir also talked about the U.S. Marshals role in keeping air traffic controllers out of the nation's control towers after the famed ATC firings.

Perhaps the most interesting story of all centers on an interview Safir was ordered by the Attorney General to conduct with a famous "investigative reporter." The reporter clipped Safir's sound bite and aired a response out of context. Safir successfully sued the former ABC correspondent. Care to investigate further? Google "Howard Safir" + Geraldo.

Safir spoke fondly of the U.S. Marshals, their broad powers, their proud tradition, and their silent loyalty to our nation for almost 220 years. He's sold on the U.S. Marshals Museum and will, no doubt, use his influence and his respect for the Service to tell the story of the museum that's coming soon to an Arkansas River location near you.

Yes, I heard Mr. Safir speak, and I am even more convinced that the people of Fort Smith will be worthy custodians of a national destination honoring the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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must have been a wreck

It is sad when there is no coverage of an event like this. If there had been a bent fender the tv stations would have been all over it. The newspaper did have a photog there and a captioned pic in the STWR. What a great interview he would have been instead of one more picture of Mena and the tornado. Storms are bad and people get hurt and stuff gets torn up but, how many times do we need to see Garrett or Jared or Donna in front of a damaged building and some poor person saying they got to start all over again. Howard Safir in town was new and interesting but not to the if it bleeds it leads crowd.

Media strikes out on Safir

Well said Smokey. My heart goes out to all those in Mena but the local news media has just been flat out lazy in digging up other stories to cover. Guess anytime a big story breaks they all take a vacation knowing they have their air time covered for the next seven to ten days.

BE the coverage on fun events...

Remember, friends - Forums like this provide all of us with opportunities to write 300 words or less (or more) about what WE are experiencing every week here in the Fort. Wouldn't it be fun if just ONE PERSON from all these cool little events would write a short "report" on something they experienced the night before? Try it! You, smokedog! Citizen journalist! I challenge you - and other regulars here. Take 10 minutes to share occasionally about the stuff you're part of. What an AMAZING recruitment tool that would be for folks from "off" to stumble onto a tapestry of quick reports from real people about what's happening here. It's just as easy as wondering aloud why someone else DIDN'T show up to write about something important.
Remember, friends - Forums like this provide all of us with opportunities to write 300 words or less (or more) about what WE are experiencing every week here in the Fort. Wouldn't it be fun if just ONE PERSON from all these cool little events would write a short "report" on something they experienced the night before? Try it! You, smokedog! Citizen journalist! I challenge you - and other regulars here. Take 10 minutes to share occasionally about the stuff you're part of. What an AMAZING recruitment tool that would be for folks from "off" to stumble onto a tapestry of quick reports from real people about what's happening ...>> Read the entire comment.

Promotion?

Curious...how and where was this event promoted?

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