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'Safe Corridor' Volunteers Helping To Keep Chester Safe

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Chester is a city plagued by violence.

It's residents are stepping up on a volunteer mission to make sure the high school students celebrating graduation night are safe.

Friday was graduation day for seniors at Chester High School.

They put on quite a show on 9th street Friday evening still wearing their caps and gowns.

Also on the streets, multiple groups of community members wearing orange shirts that bear the slogan "Safe Corridor."

Safe Corridors is a city initiative made up of volunteers.

They man corners throughout Chester every Monday and Friday afternoon serving as the eyes and ears for police.

They're taking it a step further on graduation night, with a bigger show of force, to protect children from potential violence.

"We believe that the presence of adults being there and communicating with young people will give us an opportunity to let them know we love them," said Jonathan King.

The volunteers started out by supporting the youth at graduation before fanning out across the city.

Mayor John Linder was there and is asking everyone to get involved.

"We're asking everybody to be conscious and be safe we're prepared to have safe corridors throughout the city we're going to turn the lights on for graduates tonight and people with police and community and volunteers looking out for them," said Mayor Linder.

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