Community Safety Event a big hit (Audio & pictures included)
8/18/2013 1:16:49 AM
By Bill Tipple
The first-ever Community Safety Event in Bellefontaine was a huge success Saturday at Southview Park.
Over 700 local residents attended the family-oriented event, which ran from 4 to 7 p.m.
There were several emergency vehicles and law enforcement leaders throughout the park.
Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley spearheaded the safety event. He was overjoyed with the large turnout.
Several agencies attended, including the Bellefontaine Police Department, Bellefontaine Fire and EMS, Logan County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol, Russells Point Police Department, Washington Township Police Department, West Liberty Police Department, Logan County Health District, Consolidated Care, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Drug Enforcement Administration, and FBI.
A MedFlight helicopter along with a State Highway Patrol helicopter landed in the park.
Kids were entertained by a few bounce houses and an Antioch Shriner's clown.
A K9 demonstration by the Bellefontaine Police Department drew a huge crowd.
Sergeant Chris Marlow and K9 Arco along with officer Scott Stewart and K9 Toby entertained hundreds.
The dogs were quick to follow a series of commands, simulating what happens when a suspect is taken into custody.
Finally, Major Mike Black (pictured at right) from the State Highway Patrol talked about the importance of law enforcement and the community working together. He said the State Patrol was involved in many drug-related arrests over the last year, including a felony drug arrest on Route 33. He said we could work to make our roads safer; 44 percent of all fatal accidents across Ohio last year involved alcohol.
Listen to Chief Standley recap the event.
98.3 WPKO hosted a live broadcast during the event.