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January 27, 2014

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 704-6682


Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins with Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg at the House of Correction.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently joined Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilors Frank Baker and Michael Flaherty, the Honorable Rosalind Miller, the Honorable John E. McDonald, Jr. and participants of the Drug Courts from Dorchester, East Boston, Charlestown, Chelsea, and South Boston for a presentation by former Boston Celtic Chris Herren.

The native Fall–River resident and Durfee High School basketball legend is a recovering addict, now five–plus years sober, who lost his professional basketball career due to his addiction. Now, as the founder of the non–profit addiction recovery service agency “The Herren Project,” the former NBA star travels the country telling his story as a cautionary tale against drug and alcohol use and offering encouragement to those struggling with addiction.

During his introduction of Herren, Mayor Walsh delivered a brief but resonant entreaty to those in attendance as participants of the Drug Courts.

“This is an opportunity you have,” said Mayor Walsh. “Don’t let it go. Don’t let it go. Anyone can turn their life around.”

Speaking after the presentation, Sheriff Tompkins expressed his appreciation for Herren’s efforts.

“Chris Herren’s story is an extremely powerful one and should serve as a warning to others who might be tempted to begin using drugs,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “It’s also a great story about redemption and should offer hope to those currently afflicted with the curse of addiction. I thank Herren for his bravery in sharing his story – we need more people like him out here talking to young people for the sake of prevention, and we need more addiction recovery services out here in the community for those seeking help.”


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