New Castle County Police Department Officer First Class Nicholas Hurst will address the bimonthly meeting of the Delaware Veterans Coalition, set for 7 p.m. May 29 at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock, Dover.

Hurst, a New Castle County native, is a supporter and leader of the Crisis Intervention Team training that provides critical training to law enforcement officers throughout Delaware to help citizens with serious mental illness.

Built on CIT training, The Veteran Response Team program, launched in September of 2017, teaches military veteran first responders to effectively and peacefully resolve incidents involving a veteran in crisis, using their own military experiences to connect with veterans, defuse the situation and help them get needed resources.

Hurst enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004, serving as a machine-gunner with the 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, Golf Company. After two combat deployments to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005-07, he returned to Delaware, working as a firefighter with the Christiana Fire Co., and in 2014 he joined the New Castle County police.

To honor his fellow 2nd Battalion 6th Marines killed in action and those who took their lives as a result of post traumatic stress disorder, Hurst raised and donated $6,600 to the Semper Fi Fund and led a rucksack-style march of fellow veterans from his roommate’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery to the New Castle County police headquarters, about 115 miles. This year, the 2/6 Marines Memorial March has a goal to raise $12,500 to build a memorial at company headquarters at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, honoring his brothers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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