Sea of Youth police rally stands out for 13-year-old organizer

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MEDINA - This is National Law Enforcement Week, so it is not unusual to see events that pay tribute to police officers.

What's unusual is to have a major event organized in large part by a 13-year-old.

But that's what happened in Medina on Saturday as a large crowd turned out in support of the 'Sea of Youth' rally.

"I went to a 'Sea of Blue' rally in Cleveland," says 13-year-old Trevor Satterwaite, "and I noticed there weren't many kids there. So I thought it would be a good idea to start a rally down here in Medina."

Trevor and his Mom went to meet with Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell.

The mayor says Trevor "made us all believers" as the event was coming together.

Trevor had some help, notably from Sgt. Brett McNabb with the Medina Police Department.

Sgt. McNabb praised Trevor's "maturity and intelligence" for organizing such an event "especially when things have been so negative across the country regarding law enforcement."

Trevor takes part in a Police Athletic League program that includes time playing ball in a gym, as well as field trips.

That program helps expose him, and about 200 other children, to police officers on a frequent basis.

"I've been around them my whole life," Trevor says, "I know that they help people. Whenever you need help, they're the ones that you call for help."

As for whether there will be another "Sea of Youth" rally next year, Mayor Hanwell says "you'd have to ask Trevor", before adding that the city would be happy "to help him with it every year."

 

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