By MORGAN MANNS
City officials ask that community members remember past and present officers that serve Fostoria, and all other communities, in honor of National Police Week.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
According to the official proclamation, the week “pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others” and the officers who risk their lives daily for that same reason.
“They’re out there everyday putting their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler. “We have a lot of great officers who do a fine job keeping us safe in the community.”
Fostoria police officers do more than patrol the streets, give citations and wear a badge. They have proven their commitment to the community by organizing Christmas with a Cop, which provides children with a means of purchasing presents for their family members; participating in the Polar Plunge, which garnered money to help local families during the holiday season; and appearing at various local events.
Officers Travis Ricker and Justin Kiser can be seen throughout the academic year at the local schools as school resource officers.
“They’re important in several different ways,” Keckler said. “Not only are they reinforcing safety in the schools but they interact with the kids so that they learn that they’re not bad guys; they’re regular people who’re trying to keep them safe.”
They continue to work closely with staff members and students within the district to ensure a safe learning environment.
K-9 officers Don Dennis and Brandon Bell and Fostoria Police Department have been working closely with METRICH Drug Task Force Unit out of Seneca County to decrease the amount of drug-related crime in the area. According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Fostoria’s total crime per capita is significantly lower than that of the surrounding area, including Tiffin, Findlay and Bowling Green.
“It speaks volumes to the jobs our officers do every day,” Keckler said.
Law enforcement facts indicate that more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serve the United States.
Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A total of 1,501 officers died during the past ten years, 100 of them in 2013.
Officers with the Fostoria Police Department include Chief Keith Loreno (2014), Capt. Patrick Brooks (1995), Capt. Dan Dell (1998), Sgt. Kent Reinbolt (1998), Sgt. William Campbell (2007), Sgt. Clayton Moore (1986), Ptlm. Shilo Frankart (2000), Gabriel Wedge (2005), Cory Brian (2005), Evan Ely (2007), Lucas Elchert (2007), Brett Bethel (2007), Chad Marchetto (2008), Nathan Elliott (2008), Adam Nelson (2008), Colin Taggart (2008), Jonathan Bryant (2012), Trey Farabee (2012), Kiser (2008), Ricker (2007), Dennis (2000), and Bell (2008).