On Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Back the Blue Ohio hosted a rally to support law enforcement officials in Canfield.
The story: Back the Blue Ohio is “a non-profit organization that supports all law enforcement officers and raises money for the children of fallen officers,” and on Saturday, they gathered in Canfield, Ohio to hold a rally to further their mission.
During the rally, which was attended by dozens of community members, speakers honored Officers Brandon Stocker from Toledo, Scott Nelson Dolly from the Nelsonville Police Department, and Sergeant Jared Ulinski from the State Highway Patrol in Findlay.
The organization also presented Sergeant Ulinski’s family with a check for $2,000.
However, Back the Blue Ohio prides itself on not being “another organization that donates a check and then disappears.” Rather, they aim to “raise money for local families of police and keep their memory alive.”
Worth noting: The rally also focused on the first responders who saved countless lives, and in many cases lost their own, during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“That old adage of when something bad happens, it’s the police or the fire that go to solve that problem and make that safe for everyone else,” said Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci. “We go this way and encourage everyone else to go that way.”
Following the event, Back the Blue Ohio took to Facebook to express their appreciation and gratitude for those who attended, writing:
“Yesterday’s event in Canfield was amazing! I will be sharing pictures later today. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to the Houseband for entertaining us. Thank you to everyone for all of your support and generosity. We can’t do this without YOU!!”
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