George Peters' Generous Donation
But ... What Now???
As the mayor of Lawrence I am
fortunate enough to be able to see things that most
others in the community just dont have an
opportunity to see.
Last month, George Peters, Property Director from the
Community Action Council came to my office looking for a
meeting. With the impending budget crisis I was reluctant
because, until a budget is passed by the city council it
is nearly impossible for me to gauge exactly how much
money is going to be available in the coming months to
help such incredible organizations like the Community
But Mr. Peters was not seeking a meeting with me because
he was looking for something from the city; he was
seeking a meeting because he wanted to give something
Unbeknownst to most people, George Peters, along with
being the property director for the GLCAC Inc., is also
an inventor and entrepreneur.
You see, Mr. Peters has invented a device that will save
lives. Its called the WHAT NOW ™ ???
Evacuation Training Aide, a life-sized graphic of a
working fire that can be set up by firefighters, safety
managers or school officials when practicing for fire
drills and emergency evacuations.
Normally, during a fire drill or practice evacuation of a
school or office building, emergency workers such as
firemen (or teachers in a school building) will stand in
front of one of the emergency exits, diverting evacuees
to another exit so that those in the drill will be
prepared if a fire is blocking an emergency exit in a
The problem with this practice is that precious seconds
are lost because most evacuees during a drill are
automatically drawn towards a fireman or administrator
before they realize that the person standing in the
doorway is trying to divert them.
With the WHAT NOW™??? ETA however, evacuees can see
long before they reach that blocked exit that they need
to find another way out of the building.
As amazed as I was to see that George had invented such a
device I was even more amazed that Mr. Peters was
donating one device for each of our 22 schools. I
made this device to save lives, George told me.
I cant think of better way to do that than to
start right here in Lawrence with our school
I couldnt agree more.
Peters company, Lancer 1 Inc. has already had a
tremendous success with his ETA device in the dorms of
Merrimack College, Caritas Holy Family Hospital, GLCAC
Inc. Child Care Center, and major corporations (like
Raytheon), as well as fire departments throughout New
England like: North Andover, Methuen, York Maine, Windham
NH, Pelham NH, Yarmouth, Pittsfield, Hanover and dozens
I am always encouraged when I get a visit from people
like George Peters who are not looking to get something
from the city of Lawrence, but looking to give something
back. And I say give back, because George
himself will tell you how proud he is to have grown up in
the city and was even on the Lawrence High School
Thats why, Peters told me, that his company is
called Lancer 1, because he had the number
one on his football jersey as a Lawrence High Lancer.
As chairman of the School Committee, I want to publicly
thank Mr. George Peters for his donation of 22 WHAT NOW
™??? ETA devices to our city schools. Yes, Lawrence
is Moving Forward, thanks to people like George Peters at
Michael Sullivan is the mayor of
Lawrence and is in his second four-year term. You can
e-mail him at Sull33@aol.com
or call his office at 978-794-5858 and ask for Nora.
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