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    Page 1 of 7Faxed to: (202)224-9787

    September 17, 2009

    The Honorable Herb Kohl

    United States Senate

    330 Hart Senate Office Building

    Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Senator Kohl:

    This is to request your help regarding unanswered letters Ive sent to two federal officials.

    You were copied on my May 1, 2009 letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the Save-A-Life Foundation, a Chicago-area nonprofit that

    has been a FEMA affiliate organization since January 23, 2003. I did not receive a reply, so I

    sent Secretary Napolitano an August 5 follow-up letter (attached). I have not received a reply to

    that letter either.

    You were also copied on the attached September 12, 2009 e-mail I sent to Karen Marsh, Directorof Citizen Corps, the FEMA division of which the Save-A-Life Foundation has been an affiliate.

    As you can see, my e-mail to Ms. Marsh was my third attempt since August 9 to obtain the

    following straightforward information:

    Please advise if the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) of Schiller Park IL remains in

    good standing as a Citizen Corps affiliate organization. If SALF is no longer

    affiliated with Citizen Corps, please provide me with the date that affiliation ended.

    Its unclear why Director Marshs office has not provided me with this information or why

    Secretary Napolitanos office has not responded to my two letters. Therefore, as one of your

    constituents, Id greatly welcome your help in resolving this. Would you please contact Secretary

    Napolitano and Director Marsh on my behalf and ask them to provide you with an approximate

    date when I may expect to receive their responses? Id welcome being copied on any

    correspondence

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    Faxed to : (202)282-8401

    August 5, 2009

    Secretary Janet NapolitanoU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityWashington, DC 20528

    Dear Secretary Napolitano:

    In my letter of May 1, 2009, I provided you with information that raised concerns aboutthe Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), a member organization of FEMAs Citizen Corps. Ialso requested your responses to factual questions.

    I have not received a reply therefore I would welcome some indication from you when Imay expect a response from you or your representative.

    I also have additional questions based on this information published in a July 17, 2009

    Daily Herald article, Suit dropped as Save A Life Changes Mission by Kimberly Pohl(attached):

    The high-profile nonprofit organization, which taught schoolchildren first aid

    techniques, ceased its old mission and closed its office to the public on July

    1(SALF Founder/president Carol) Spizzirri said the organization is negotiating

    for smaller quarters, has turned its focus to the future of emergency medical

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    Sincerely,

    Gordon T. PrattPO Box 18121Milwaukee, WI 53218

    Ph: (707)667-1746e-mail:gordy.pratt@gmail.com

    cc:

    The Daily Herald

    Kimberly Pohl, Anne Halston

    Encl:

    July 17, 2009 Daily Herald article

    Web page (accessed today): http://www.citizencorps.gov/programs/salf.shtm

    mailto:gordy.pratt@gmail.comhttp://www.citizencorps.gov/programs/salf.shtmhttp://www.citizencorps.gov/programs/salf.shtmmailto:gordy.pratt@gmail.com
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    DaflyHeialdBig Picture . Local Focus

    Suit dropped as Save A Life changes missionBy Kimberly Pohl | Daily Herald Staff

    Published: 7/15/2009 5:27 PM j

    Two years after filing a defamation lawsuit to repair its tarnished image, Save A Life Foundation of suburban Schiller Parkhas closed its doors for good.

    The high-profile nonprofit organization, which taught schoolchildren first aid techniques such as the Heimlich maneuver,ceased operations on July 1. Days later, Save A Life's attorney filed a motion to drop the suit against three men accusedof organizing a smear campaign against the foundation and harassing employees and board members, among them

    ex-Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins.

    Founder Carol Spizzirri said the legal action became too costly to pursue, but declined to say exactly why she shutteredan organization she said helped more than 1 million children. The lawsuit claimed the defendants' actions caused lostbusiness opportunities and partnerships.

    "There's certainly a connection (between the closing and the lawsuit) but I don't want to go into it," Spizzirri said. "We'renot supposed to discuss the case."

    Named in the suit was Peter Heimlich, estranged son of maneuver namesake Dr. Henry Heimlich, who served on Save A

    Life's medical advisory board. A blogger and a doctor critical of the Heimlich maneuver were also defendants.

    Chuck Goudie, an ABC 7 reporter and Daily Herald columnist, was briefly part of the suit for a derogatory report he did onSave A Life, but the case against him was dropped in March 2008. His report questioned Spizzirri's credentials and saidthe foundation, which received millions of dollars in government money and corporate donations, was misappropriatingfunds and teaching the maneuver inappropriately - all falsehoods, according to the lawsuit.

    Spizzirri's new focus is fighting the type of online stalking outlined in the suit. She has a meeting scheduled later thismonth with several legislators and has been working with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

    "Cyberworld is the Wild West with absolutely no governance," Spizzirri said. "Anyone can say terrible things aboutpeople, put it on the Internet and nobody can do anything about it. Reputations and credibility are ruined."

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    Gmail - 3RD & FINAL REQUEST - inquiry re: Citizen Corps http://inail.google.coin/mail/?ui=2&ik=e1a2b66204&view=pt&search=s ...

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    3RD & FINAL REQUEST - inquiry re: Citizen CorpsGordy Pratt Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    To: Karen.Marsh@dhs.gov

    3RD & FINAL REQUEST- SENT VIA E-MAIL & FAXED TO: (202)282-8408

    Karen Marsh, DirectorFEMA Community Preparedness Division

    National Office of Citizen Corps800 K Street NW, Suite 640

    Washington, DC 20472-3630

    Ms. Marsh:

    I have not received a reply to my e-mails of August 9 and August 17 follow-up (copied below) which

    requested the following information from you:

    Please advise if the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) of Schiiler Park IL remains in good standing as aCitizen Corps affiliate organization. If SALF is no longer affiliated with Citizen Corps, please provideme with the date that affiliation ended.