POMEROY — “Loyalty is Forever” is an account at Farmers Bank in Pomeroy specifically for donations from the community to the Meigs County Sheriffs Office.
For example, a recent donation was deposited into the account from AMVETS Post 733. That donation will go toward a community cause.
“Donations received from the community are used to give back to the community,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said. “Some of this donation will be used to to purchase t-shirts for the kids who participate in SWAT and for Project Lifeline.”
Wood said he and other members of his office are continually working on drug education programs in local schools. He believes it is essential to connect with students to establish a foundation of trust. Toward that end, he stresses the importance of being visible in the community.
“Kids are sent a lot of conflicting messages about drugs and about law enforcement, and we want to teach these kids a different path. ,” he said. “We want them to know they can come to us for help with a problem, that we can be trusted.”
Wood established the”Sheriff Wood Anti-Drug Team,” a drug education program in local schools to reach out to students. He said it is more difficult to be a part of the curriculum in the classroom as a result of Common Core, so it has become harder to find ways to connect with students, but is hopeful programs like SWAT will help them stay connected.
Another program “Loyalty is Forever” funds are used for is Project Lifesaver, nonprofit organization that bridges the technological gap for at-risk populations that wander. Wood said his office is concentrating their efforts on adults who wander due to impaired mental facilities.
The technology helps first responders locate an individual who is reported missing. Project Lifesaver also teaches rescuers how to effectively communicate with people afflicted with cognitive conditions to ensure a successful rescue.
“We want to keep our seniors safe,” Wood said. “We work hard every day to make sure the needs of all members of the community are addressed.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2551 Ext. 2551.