Tracy "Gypsy" is captain of her chapter of the Guardian Angels.
"We started here in 2007; we were going to training and we came out in 2008. We hit the streets. We trained for sixteen-and-a-half to seventeen weeks here in Easton. We also go to New York and do the subway patrols, but we mostly patrol the streets of our own town. We do civilian policing; we are the eyes and ears for the police and we are also mentors for our youth. Our headquarters is out of the Easton Community Center on 9th and Washington Street so we been there since day one. Curtis Sliwa was just here actually on May 12th--we had our 2018 regional convention so he came to debut a movie that he made, too, and it's called, 'Vigilante: The Story of Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels.'"
"How did *you* get involved?"
"Back then, there was a lot of gang activity going on; there was a triple homicide, like, two blocks from where I live by 13th Street and Northampton. I had kids that were young then. So, caring about the community, the kids, keeping them safe was a main concern of mine. I went to a meeting at the Community Center and ever since then I just joined since day one and I've been patrolling the streets ever since. We do a lot of things for the kids, like on June 25th through the 30th we're doing 'Angels in the Park' on 12th and Ferry Street, from, like, 5 to 7:30: food, activities, face painting, games, last day hopefully a carnival with a dunk tank, dunk a cop or an Easton Angel."
Check out their website for more information: www.guardianangels.org, or their Facebook page, Easton Guardian Angels.
These are the stories of the people of Easton, PA