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A2 Mercer Island Reporter Out of Africa: Two Islanders return home after harrowing experiences Wednesday, September 2, 1998 Citizens? Academy accepting applications What’s it like to be a cop on the Island? Find out by enrolling in the opportunity for two-way communi— cation where citizens can learn what p0 lice actually do and voice their concerns. The first session begins Thursday, Oct. 1 and runs once a week for eight I By Nora Doyle Mercer Island Reporter ally Culverwell and Andrea Miller are lucky to be alive. Both Island women recently returned to the safety of Mercer Island from Africa, where they escaped domestic and in- ternational danger that could have cost Citizens’ Academy. The Citizens’ Academy is an eight- week instructional program designed to acquaint Mercer Island residents with first-hand information about how their police department works. Classes, are taught by officers in the depart~ ment, are held at Mercer Island City Hall and are free. formation line at 236—7680. weeks, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Deadline for applications for the first session is Sept. 1 l . Applications are available at the Mercer Island Police Department at City Hall, or by calling the MIPD in- Election Forum'features community center vote The Mercer Island Reporter and League of Women Voters are hosting an Election Forum at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Community Center at Mercer View. KIRO Radio host Dave Ross will be the moderator. There will be pro/con speakers (in the bond issue for the community cen- ter remodel, Initiative 200 on affir- mative action, and Referendum Bill them their lives. About three months ago, Culverwell i left for the Dem ratio IV ub' o Congoas avolunhgri s ‘ adivision of the eace o" s,t in a public health program. Acting as a pharmacist dispensing pills to nurs- es who worked at health centers, Culverwell felt satisfied with her work and was even trying to implement a polio vaccination program. Topics to be covered include: patrol procedures, search and seizure, firearms, dispatch and records, traffic and ac- cident investigations, crime scene in- vestigations, narcotics, and DARE and School Resource Officer infor- mation. There will be a firearms sim~ ulation, a demonstration by the Dive Team, a demonstration of Bellevue’s K-9 unit, a ride on the Marine Patrol boat, and the opportunity to ride along Matt Brashears/Reporter file photo Sally Culverwell, above, is back from the Congo and Andrea Miller, right, has recently returned from Kenya. ‘ Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter But before she and her colleagues could get the program off the ground, Culverwell got word that rebels had in— vaded eastern Congo and taken over two towns. Keeping track of the rebels’ movement by radio, Culverwell dis— covered that they were moving in clos— er every day and that fighting had also started to come in from the west. The message on the radio three days after the rebels invaded was that all Americans should get out as soon as possible, Culverwell said. NOT A STRANGER to political V , turmoil and violence. Culverwell was evacuated from the Congo seven years ago (when it was Zaire) while serv- . ing a similar mission for thé‘Peace Corps. Knowing the government was unstable, Culverwell left without re- alizing the full extent of the problems there. Feeling confident that the Peace ‘ Corps would not place volunteers in po- , tentiaily dangerous situations, j Culverwell was comfortable with a ski .t . -‘fiu-—-- ‘F return trip to the Congo. She and one other Crisis Corps member were as- signed to the tranquil village of Kinkonzi, where the people were kind and the scenery was beautiful, Culverwell said. 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Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed. , By that time, Culverwell and oth- er volunteers had made it to UNICEF headquarters, where they hid in a dark closet while battle raged outside. “I didn‘t think I was going to make it out alive,” Culverwell said. All the while the group was in com- munication with the U.S.Embassy in Kinshasha, whose employees were working on getting the Peace Corps members out of the area. During their five-day stay in the UNICEF build— ing, soldiers brokein, stole vehicles and. supplies, and raped three of Culverwell’s fellow volunteers, she said. With the help of a Catholic priest , and the leader of the rebels, the group secured, passage down the Congo River. 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Culverwell then spent three days in Capetown and left just before the Planet Hollywood bombing there. Twenty days after her ordeal be- gan, she was safe at home on Mercer Island with no regrets and no plans ‘ to ever return to the Congo. “I’m grateful to be alive,” Culverwell said. She will return to work at the Red Cross in a few weeks. ANDREA MILLER, an Island resident who went to kindergarten through 12th grade in the MIHS dis— trict, returned June 30 from a ninej “Tbe Homeguy” , Jack hadeff COLDWELL BANKER [J BAIN ASSOCIATES Servicing Mercer Island and the Emtside 24 Hour Direct Access . (206) 230-5460 Erica Hauck www.seanet.com/~admiral emailzadmiral@seanet.com (next to Oh! 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