Chasing the Dragon

On March 24, 2019 (Sunday), the FBISTLCAAA sponsored a joint DEA and FBI event held at Festus 8 Cinema to raise awareness about opioid abuse. The goal of showing Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict is to help people understand the critical components of opioid addiction – how easily it can began, the downward cycle that ensues, followed by tragic consequences.

FBI SAC Rich Quinn and DEA SAC Bill Callahan explained their desire to provide information, resources, and support to communities beyond the City and County of St. Louis. They also strongly encouraged the attendees who the packed auditorium with the following: (1) To engage with resources made available at the event if they know someone who may need help. (2) To show the documentary to others, especially in high schools. Anyone can watch the 50-minute documentary online: https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/newss-chasing-the-dragon-the-life-of-an-opiate-addict/view

After the showing, the executive director of NCADA moderated a panel discussion with FBI, DEA, Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition, COMTREA, and an individual in recovery.

See more about the event as published in a local periodical, Leader Publications, titled: Opioid addiction film delivers powerful message.

Additional information and support resources:


Stop the Bleed Seminar

By Larry Christopher – FBISTLCAAA life member

On February 20, 2019, representatives of the FBI St. Louis office; Dr. Stephen Liang, MD; and members of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency room staff provided guidance on how to respond to mass casualty events to members of the FBI St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association.  Presenters agreed that run, hide, and fight remains the recommended approach for dealing with active shooters.  They explained how those in danger should interact with law enforcement during an event: police are there primarily to secure the site and neutralize the shooter(s), not to rescue or interact with victims.  Stay clear of them, and do not engage except to respond to commands or provide information.  At the end of the seminar, all those present participated in a drill that reinforced what was learned.

The seminar also addressed how to deal with the wounded following a mass casualty event.  Statistics show that a large percentage of deaths at these events are from blood loss following wounds to extremities.  Those deaths, Dr. Liang stressed, are preventable.  Recognizing this, the American College of Surgeons, the FBI, and others created a protocol known as the Hartford Consensus which makes stopping bleeding the highest priority following shootings, explosions, and other similar events.  Medics and emergency room personnel at the seminar explained principles of trauma care response and presented different procedures to stop the loss of blood.

FBI Seminar on “Protecting Houses of Worship”

By Philip Deitch – FBISTLCAAA life member

Congregations of all faith have been facing growing security concerns. There is no longer a single faith or type of spiritual community that can consider itself immune whether in urban or rural areas.

The FBI St. Louis office offered a free seminar on “Protecting Houses of Worship’” on January 26, 2019.  More than 50 people from congregations as far as Cape Girardeau came out on a snowy, bitter, cold Saturday morning to learn how they can better protect their congregations and their congregants.  In the process, they created a supportive community among representatives from diverse faiths to include the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities.   The host location was the New Northside Conference Center, 5939 Goodfellow Boulevard, in the City of St Louis.  The FBISTLCAAA provided continental breakfast and refreshments. About ten FBISTLCAAA members came to volunteer and/or to learn themselves.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn welcomed and thanked the attendees and put the importance of the day into stark perspective.  FBI special agents gave an overview on hate crimes, active shooter behavioral analysis, and what to do in an active shooter situation. Also, on the program, a Jewish Federation security expert who provides evaluations and trainings to all Jewish congregations and Jewish communal organizations.  He self-identified as a Christian underlying the point that all spiritual congregations should be taking preventive action.  Our own FBISTLCAAA President Gary Chan provided tips on cyber security.  Rounding out the 3-hour seminar, a sergeant with SLMPD’s Crisis Intervention Team talked about the mental health resources available and how it provides such training to police officers.

Additional Resources
fbi.gov/resources (active shooter studies)
dhs.gov (how to prepare your business for an emergency, bomb threat checklist)
adl.org/security (DHS, FBI and broader material)

Red Cross Informational Sessions

The St. Louis office of the American Red Cross is hosting informational sessions on being a volunteer for their organization. These sessions will run once a month from February through December in 2019. These Red Cross volunteer activities are separate from FBISTLCAAA activities, but we are exploring partnerships with them. If there are joint activities in the future, we will advertise them as such.

If you would like more information on this topic, please Contact Us.

Additional information from the Red Cross

Learn the impact the American Red Cross volunteers have on the local community and how you can help:

  • Provide shelter, food and comfort following a home fire, tornado, flood or other disaster
  • Save lives by installing smoke alarms
  • Provide support at local blood drives which keep our nation’s blood supply stable
  • Provide support to our military and their families
  • Learn about the menu of volunteer opportunities and ways you can give back to your community

Holiday Happy Hour

On Dec 12, 2018, the FBISTLCAAA held its annual Holiday Happy Hour for FBI Citizens Academy graduates. During the informal gathering, FBI St. Louis and FBISTLCAAA signed the 2019 Memorandum of Agreement.

Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn spoke about the accomplishments of the St. Louis Division and the challenges it faces, his appreciation for the FBISTLCAAA, and ideas on how the association can partner with the FBI to help improve the community. FBISTLCAAA President Gary Chan also shared the organization’s accomplishments in 2018 and painted a picture for what 2019 could be.

November Chapter Relations Webinar

On Nov 15, 2018, Steve Tarani presented a webinar on Your Most Powerful Weapon: How to Use Your Mind to Stay Safe. Steve is a professional educator, author, and keynote speaker who has served the United States defense, law enforcement, and intelligence communities for over 25 years. He taught members how to build mental toughness, control our environment, avoid a threat, defeat an attack, and control fear.

Peabody Elementary

On October 27, 2018, the FBI and FBISTLCAAA participated in a block party at Peabody Elementary in St. Louis. Thanks to generous donations from our members, we were able to serve almost 500 slices of free pizza to students and their families. The FBI passed out activity books to kids and information about the FBI Child ID App to parents. The block party included a bounce house, DJ, community services and food to bring the neighborhood and school together.

The school held the block party to build on the positive momentum gained after the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force dismantled a drug-trafficking ring which operated in the Clinton-Peabody housing complex.  Read more at STL Today.

Fall Range Day

The FBISTLCAAA held a Fall Range Day on Sunday, October 21, 2018. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day with excellent weather and good company.

The firearms instructors helped new and experienced shooters get better. Members shot skeet and trap outside as well as pistol indoors.

The gun club awarded two 1-year free memberships, one to the best indoor shooter and one to the best outdoor shooter. The FBISTLCAAA awarded a $100 cash prize to the best overall shooter as well as Life Lapel pins to new Life Members.

All proceeds from this event will be contributed to the amount raised for the 2018 LDA Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits the FBIAA Memorial College Fund for children of deceased agents, Missouri Special Olympics, Backstoppers, and other charities.

Tour of FBI HQ and Academy

The annual Citizens Academy trip to FBI Headquarters and FBI Academy took place on September 26 – 27, 2018.  Graduates also visited the Pentagon and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.  This year’s trip was held jointly with fellow graduates from FBI Chicago’s Citizens Academy.  A total of 36 people attended.  The tours were free, but travel, meals, and lodging were at each attendee’s own expense.  The overall mood was excitement, amazement, and awe as all were simply honored that the FBI would invest so much time into us and the tour.  There was plenty of conversation and laughter and times of solemn introspect during various parts of the tours when there were stories of lives lost in the line of duty.  The “FBI Experience” exhibit at Headquarters was a highlight as many expressed what they observed.