“I am so humbled by this community,” said Fontenot, who left Discovery Bay last year because of budgetary cuts, but was rehired with P6 funds in June. “They have done so much to make us feel welcome here. I just can’t thank everyone enough.”
Last week Fontenot had yet another opportunity to thank the community when Diane Stevens, a resident of The Lakes development, purchased a $5,000 child-identification system and donated it to the Discovery Bay crime-prevention office.
“We really believe in protecting our children,” said Stevens, who bought the system in honor of her father-in-law, who recently died. “And we’re just so grateful that our P6 dollars came through and has given Tony back to us. I’ve never had children of my own, so this is my husband’s and my way to do something for the children out here. It’s going to be such a wonderful thing for the community.”
The digital fingerprinting system, called EZ Child, is a portable identification system that creates two fingerprint IDs as well as photos and pertinent information on each child, including a digital voice video. The process takes just a few minutes, and then the information is burned onto a CD and given to the parents. The file is then deleted from the system so that parents remain the only ones with the data on their child.
“It’s not something you want to think about, but if your child does go missing, this (fingerprinting system) will help find them,” said Fontenot. “The service would also be beneficial for the elderly as well.”
Fontenot said the system will be free to the public, and he plans to take it local schools and community events: “This is a wonderful thing, and I’m just so grateful to Diane for her gift to the community. This is just another example of how the residents of Discovery Bay continually step up to make their town a safer place to live.”