Ashland County Sheriff's Office Fundraiser A Huge Success

  • 1/16/2019 5:29:00 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH - Steve Neff, owner of Tactical Equipment & Services LCC in Wellington, Ohio, presented Ashland County Sheriff, E. Wayne Risner with a check for $27,299.88 Wednesday morning.

“Even businesses from outside of the county have stepped-up and helped out,” Neff commented.

The check was from a fundraiser called “Bark! Splash! Boom!”, set up to support the three Special Teams at the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. The three teams that will benefit from the support are the K-9 Team, Dive Team & Bomb Squad.

Sheriff Wayne Risner thanked everyone that helped with the fundraiser.

“It’s kind of exciting to have some funding for each of these teams," Sheriff Risner commented."It was a really good thing and we will benefit greatly from this, with things such as equipment and training aids necessary to stay competent and ready to perform their missions."

Risner then talked about EMA Director Mark Rafeld, stating that Rafeld "was instrumental in obtaining a new robot for the Bomb Squad.” Ashland EMA has now spent a total of $254,399.49 to help the bomb squad stay up to date with its equipment, with the robot costing $104,950.

"The robot is designed to keep us remote when dealing with suspicious packages, standoff situations, and various things," Bomb Squad Director Tim Whalen said. "It saves actual human lives."

Sheriff Risner made a special thanks to Steve Neff and his wife, Bohland Jewelers of Ashland, the Ashland Eagles Club, Bob Desanto, and Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell for their generosity and dedication to helping the Sheriff’s Office.

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