Frankford police chief to host family Valentine’s luncheon

Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is inviting area families to a Valentine’s luncheon — with a message he hopes they will carry with them far past the holiday.

Corrigan has invited Georgetown attorney Tasha Stevens to speak with the children at the luncheon, at which he plans to serve pizza and cupcakes. He picked Stevens to speak, he said, because he thinks she has a story they will relate to — one that will help them envision a future they might not otherwise see for themselves.

“I’m trying to break down some walls,” Corrigan said.

The luncheon is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Frankford Town Hall. Children and families are being invited to enjoy some food, chat with Corrigan, the town’s new police chief, and hear from Stevens, an Ellendale native who is a partner in the Fuqua, Williard, Stevens & Schab law firm in Georgetown.

Reached at her office last week, Stevens said she often speaks with youth and is looking forward to the event.

“I’ll talk to them about what I do,” she said, “a ‘day in the life’ kind of thing.”

Stevens graduated from Milford High School and is a 2003 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Corrigan described her as “a really great person; a great defense attorney. I know, I’ve gone up against her in court a few times,” he said. Corrigan has been a police officer in Delaware since the 1980s.

“I want them to hear that you can do anything you want to do,” Stevens said. “You can be the first to do a lot of things,” she said.

Having lived 39 of her 41 years in the small rural town of Ellendale, she said she also wants to impress upon the youth in Sussex County towns like hers that “success doesn’t come from privilege.”

“I want them to know that they have that in their genealogy” to succeed, Stevens said, “that they have all the potential in the world.”

Stevens added that she also wants today’s youth to know that, as a defense attorney, she has seen the damage that one bad decision can do to a person.

“Those bad decisions can lead to bigger errors,” she said. “Just being with the wrong folks” can send a young person down a wrong path, she said.

Most of all, Stevens said, she wants young people to know that “you’re responsible for your future.”

The Valentine’s luncheon is free of charge. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The Frankford Town Hall is located at 9 Main Street, Frankford.

 

By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter