DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb Public Safety Department is reminding residents to remain safe during Fourth of July celebrations and refrain from celebratory gunfire. The department encourages the community to support its efforts to stop the reckless act by signing Marquel's Pledge.
Launched one year ago in June 2010, Marquel's Pledge is a community initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of celebratory gunfire in DeKalb County and throughout Georgia. DeKalb County developed the initiative after 4-year-old Marquel Peters was struck and killed in church by a stray bullet believed to have been fired by a New Year's Eve reveler.
This past New Year's Eve, there was a 47 percent decline in the number of celebratory gunfire calls to 911 during.
To sign Marquel's Pledge, visit DeKalb County's website.