Garrettsville – A friend of mine who happens to be a police officer told me a joke that kind of speaks to the friendly rivalry between Police Officers and Firemen. It goes like this. “Do you know what policemen and firemen have in common? What? When they were kids they both wanted to be firemen!”

Having both a fireman and police officer in my family helps us enjoy that joke. But being involved in either profession is not a joke. Police, fire fighters and EMS crews are a very valuable part of any community. They work hard, lay their lives on the line and are usually underappreciated.

On Saturday April 1 from 1pm – 4pm the 2nd Annual Safety Forces Fundraiser will be held at the Garrettsville Fire Station. This fundraiser will benefit the Community EMS Association, Fire Department (Garrettsville Fireman’s Association) and the Garrettsville Police K-9 unit. These safety forces serve the Garrettsville, Freedom and Nelson communities.

Tax dollars only go so far and do not usually cover all the equipment or training needs a department may have. Sometimes communities have to be creative in raising funds for different needs. This fundraiser is designed to do that. Money raised will benefit each department.

There will be crafters and vendors located both inside and outside the Fire Station. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and refreshments available to purchase. Currently there are about forty items for the silent auction. Garrettsville PD K-9 t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Members of each Safety Force will be on site to talk about their displays and answer questions. The public has the opportunity to see the equipment up close. This will be a good learning experience for everyone.

Last year’s event was a success and this year will be even bigger. There is something for everyone and every family here to enjoy. Let’s come out and support our Safety Forces and show them we appreciate them. You can help too, by spreading the word about this event and inviting someone!

The Fire Station is located at 8035 Elm Street in Garrettsville. Parking for the event will be at the Ambulance Company near the Fire Station. When you attend, enter through the parking lot and exit through the front door. Or just follow the signs.

The fundraiser will take place regardless of the weather. There is no cost for admission. It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there! Let’s show these men and women we appreciate their service to our communities!