Meigs County forms Public Safety Chaplaincy Program


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



Meigs County Commissioners Mike Bartrum and Randy Smith are pictured with Pastor Ryan Eaton and Shawn Hawley, along with his son, Shawn Jr., on Thursday following the approval of a resolution establishing the Meigs County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program.


POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners have approved the formation of the Meigs County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program.

Shawn Hawley spoke with the Commissioners on Thursday during their regular meeting, explaining that he had approached EMS Director Robbie Jacks a few months back regarding forming a program and his interest in being a chaplain for it.

Hawley said Jacks expressed that there should be proper steps taken to form the program before officially launching it.

Since then, a few ministers from around the county and others have been holding meetings and collaborating to establish procedures and guidelines for the program.

With those steps taken, the action by the commissioners Thursday officially began the program.

In addition to Hawley, Pastor Ryan Eaton was on hand for the approval of the resolution.

The Chaplaincy Program would allow for volunteer members of the program to be dispatched with EMS, law enforcement or firefighters.

The resolution states, in part, that the men and women in public safety face highly stressful and dangerous situations daily, including medical emergencies, deaths at traffic accidents, multiple alarm fires and disaster situations.

In these and other situations, public safety chaplaincy programs around the world have provided support.

“The Meigs County Commissioners are committed to provide whatever is necessary to make the work of these dedicated men and women as easy as possible given the challenges they face,” the resolution states.

The program will be under the commissioners through EMS.

Meigs County Commissioners Mike Bartrum and Randy Smith are pictured with Pastor Ryan Eaton and Shawn Hawley, along with his son, Shawn Jr., on Thursday following the approval of a resolution establishing the Meigs County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/10/web1_10.28-Chaplin.jpgMeigs County Commissioners Mike Bartrum and Randy Smith are pictured with Pastor Ryan Eaton and Shawn Hawley, along with his son, Shawn Jr., on Thursday following the approval of a resolution establishing the Meigs County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com