Thank you to the RREACT team for inviting us to participate in the Columbus Division of Fire's biannual Community Safety Day, held yesterday at the Columbus Fire Training Academy. It was a wonderfully successful event, with all the food, Narcan, and information about fire safety products handed out well before the event ended. We were so excited for our friends!
We brought books for CPD Lieutenant Chris Lieb to give to anyone who had little ones. Each book had a sticker saying it was a gift from their friends at Columbus Division of Police, and handing it out offered a small opportunity for Lt Lieb to speak with community members. Well...some opportunities were longer than others--at one point, he was gently chastised for holding up the line of cars back to the main road, but they forgave him.
We got to meet new friends and see old ones, including CPD Officers Tony Rogers and John Gagnon from the CPD Therapy Dog Unit. Unfortunately, we were so busy petting Ollie and Eddie that we completely forgot to get photos of them, so we pulled some from our archive for your enjoyment.
Lieutenant Lieb spoke to many people, including some teachers, about our Books & Badges program, in which officers read to children and everyone receives a copy of the book to take home. We're hoping CPD officers will be invited into even more classrooms and will have a chance to talk to kids in their neighborhoods (including answering the number one asked question, "Do you like donuts?"). We gave out 171 books at this event, and are excited to get that many books into the hands of kiddos.
Again, thank you to our friends at RREACT for always being there to support our events and inviting us to theirs. If you're not familiar with RREACT, they're a joint unit of CFD and CPD that works to reduce overdose deaths in the city and get people who have overdosed into treatment. Please read more about them on this Facebook post..