This years Richland County Law Enforcement Appreciation Day will be held on August 15th from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM . This will be the second year for the event and O’Charley’s Restaurant in Ontario will once again play host.
Last year’s event drew a large crowd. Local residents were given a chance to meet police officers from all branches of Richland county. Every branch has been asked back and are expected to attend this year’s festivities.
Those in attendance will be Richland County Sheriff’s Office, police departments from Mansfield, Ontario, Lexington, Shelby, Bellville, Crestline, Plymouth and Butler, park rangers from Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill and Clear Fork, also expected is Richland County Game Warden Greg Wasilewski. Various elected officials from throughout the county will also be on hand.
Features for this year’s show will include public and hands-on safety displays; a K-9 demostration, multiple police units, local elected officials and a classic car, truck and motorcycle cruise-in. Blue lights will be given out for resident front porches to show support of law enforcement. And new this year will be Team Sheriff Racing with Sergeant and professional race car driver Bill Chaffin, he’ll be bringing his safe driving message for young drivers.
A silent auction will also be held during the show as a fundraiser for these safety forces. The auction will be open to the public.
Last year, officers in the county were given plaques and door prizes. They have asked that in lieu of door prizes, they would rather have funds that could be put into various community projects. These projects could include a new K-9 unit, equipment, DARE, safety town, etc.., each agency will decide how to use their money.
“While we’ve gotten pretty good support from the community for this show, my goal is to try to raise at least $1,000 for each agency”, stated Rickel “We’re still going to need some help to reach that goal”.
The committee for the event has been active throughout the county, seeking help by personal contact, mail and through emails. They are currently collecting both silent auction items and monatary donations for our police departments. Donations will be divided equally among the agencies, unless a donor earmarks their donation for a specific one.
Any non-parishable donation suitable for auction would be welcome, and credit for the donation will be noted. Businesses, organizations or individuals needing more information or who would like to donate to the show can contact Jeff Rickel at (419) 884-7075. Check can be made out to “Law Enforcement Day – Jeff Rickel, Coordinator”. All monatary donations can be sent Jeff Rickel, P.O. Box 3338, Lexington, Ohio 44904.
The committee would also welcome help from individuals, businesses or organizations who would like to become more involved with this event.