Today, law enforcement agencies across the country joined in observing 'National Amber Alert Awareness Day'. The system was established in 2002, and shortly after that, Texas had it's first amber alert activation.
The Amber Alert System originated in 1996 in Dallas-Fort Worth, following the kidnapping and murder of its namesake, 9-year-old, Amber Hagerman. Today marks the 18-th anniversary of Hagerman's abduction, which is why law enforcement agencies across the country stop to push awareness for the child abduction system created in her honor.
In 2002, Governor Rick Perry established the Texas Amber Alert system, as other states followed suit. Shortly after the system was adopted in Texas, the first alert was issued from Abilene after the kidnapping of 1-month-old, Nancy Chavez.
From then to the end of 2013, Chavez is included in a total of 124 children who have been recovered during 109 DPS activations of the Texas Amber Alert System. In some cases, more than one child was rescued.
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