A quick stop at a Spring Fling booth tomorrow could give parents an important tool to help their kids in an emergency.

Ahwatukee resident Tom Morrissey, candidate for Arizona Senate, is working with retired law enforcement to provide Child Identification cards to the public at the Spring Fling Saturday, April 19. Parents can bring their kids to Morrissey’s booth to be finger printed. Those finger print cards will go directly to the parents to keep in case of an emergency. If the child ever goes missing the finger prints could help law enforcement identify them.

“I’m retired law enforcement myself so anything like this I think is a very positive thing and a very useful thing,” said Morrissey, who retired as chief deputy U.S. Marshals Service of District of Arizona.

The cards will go directly to parents and will not be stored or sent elsewhere.

Officers can also help parents collect a DNA sample to be saved, Morrissey said, which is just a snip of hair.

“It’s a very simple process,” he said. “The main thing is we want to get the message out that this is available. If a child is taken, we see all the time where years later an alleged child is found. To have proper identification, you need finger prints. That’s something that doesn’t change.”

The cards will be given free of charge to anyone who visits the booth. The Spring Fling will be at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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