Marion Police Is Keeping Their Community Cool

Marion Police Is Keeping Their Community Cool

  • 7/18/2019 3:32:35 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MARION,OH - The heat wave is upon the area with many people struggling to beat the heat due to not having access to air conditioning or other types of cooling equipment.

Not having the materials to combat the heat can put a handful of people at risk of heat stroke and dehydration.

In Marion, temperatures are expected to reach in the 90's through Saturday with the Heat index reaching as high as 112 on Friday and Saturday. This caused Marion Police Chief Bill Collins wanting to find ways that his staff could help community members who do not have ways to staying cool. They came up with " Caring Cops Keep it Cool Campaign."

The MPACT Program reached out to local businesses Lowe's and Wal-Mart and asked if they would join the effort to keep cool Marion's citizens through the heat wave with both contributing to the effort. 

MPACT is the departments program that works to build strong bonds and relationships with community members through various events throughout the year. 

Wal-Mart provided MPD with a $100 gift card toward the purchase of 20 fans and Lowe's offered an approximate $200 discount toward the purchase of 40 fans, with also donating 2,100 bottles of water to distribute to the public during the heat spike. 

The MPACT Program will be working in the community in the coming days to identify homes that lack the proper air conditioning or alternative cooling systems with officers donating fans and bottled water to those in need. 

"When we need something, this community just steps up time and again," said Chief Collins. " When you are out there doing good things, people want to help, businesses like these want to participate. We appreciate their commitment to these great programs while we also recognize that we simply could not accomplish work on this scale without people like Lowe's and Wal-Mart."

The department also encourages the public to take care of their animals with shade, shelter and water during the heat. 

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