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Father of suicide victim speaks out on prevention

The father of a suicide victim is working with the local community to raise awareness of the need for more addiction treatment services in our local region. Steven Zacaroli, Sr. lost his son to suicide in March.

Posted: Sep. 4, 2018 7:15 AM
Updated: Sep. 4, 2018 10:33 AM

September is National Addition Awareness & Recovery Month. It's a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. 

The father of a suicide victim is working with the local community to raise awareness of the need for more addiction treatment services in our local region. Steven Zacaroli, Sr. lost his son to suicide in March. 

Steven Zacaroli, Jr.'s life will forever be remembered by his family and a community that supports the need for better services for people who could potentially fall victim to suicide or substance abuse. 

His family is making sure to advocate so other families don't have to go through what they went through. 

Zacaroli talks about a fundraiser, The Steven Zacaroli, Jr. Memorial Concert Angel C.A.R.E.S.  The concert will raise awareness with Utica Police for the Angel Program, which supports prevention intervention and treatment of substance abuse. It will raise money for the Rescue Mission Addiction Stabilization Center. 

Coming up this week on NEWSChannel 2 at Sunrise, we will be speaking with Sgt. Starr Wooden from Utica Police Department to talk about the Utica Police Department's ANGEL program. That's Wednesday morning at 6:40 a.m. 

Thursday morning, we will speak with Fire Captain Philip Taurisano, who is the director of EMS Operations. 

On Friday morning, we will hear from Nicole Cozzo-Siriano, CASAC, Clinical Service Coordinator at the Rescue Mission to discuss the importance of the Addiction Stabilization Center to treat and intervene in substance abuse cases in the Mohawk Valley. 

On Monday, we will hear from Mark SantaMaria who is coordinating the Steven Zacaroli, Jr. Memorial Concert. 

The concert is being held Saturday, September 15th at Hanna Park from 11a.m. - 7 p.m. This is outside Utica City Hall. 

There will be a chicken BBQ for $10 to benefit the Rescue Mission Addiction Stabilization Center. 

The concert lineup looks like this: 
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Steve Zacaroli

11:30 - 12 Noon - Plunkett Brothers 

12:10 - 12:40 p.m. Poor Tim 

12:50 - 1:20 p.m. Gridley Naked & Scared 

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Soundbarrier 

2:25 - 3:05 p.m. Hardcase 

3:15 - 3:55 p.m. Heartbeat Duo 

4:05 - 4:35 p.m.  Remesen Social Club 

4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Blues Brothers 

5:25 - 5:55 p.m. Slug, Genesee Joe 

6:00 - 6:15 p.m. Steve Zacaroli 

Food trucks, cotton candy, ice cream, funnel cakes will be on location.

Activities all day include the impairment goggles, a UFD fire truck, kids activities, a bean bag toss and other games and also the Ziyara clowns and photos booths. 

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