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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Yesterday, Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnell and his staff at the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office provided dinner to all the area Law Enforcement. This hand cooked and smoked, pulled pork, along with all the fixings, like Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, and a dessert line-up would make anyone’s mouth water.

National Law Enforcement Day was first celebrated in 1962, in the United States, to give thanks to the men and women who keep us safe. It is a day to be grateful for the officers who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities.

Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnell commented, “The prosecutor’s office decided to recognize and thank our law enforcement officers, on National Law Enforcement Awareness Day. We see the hard work and long hours that are spent keeping Ashland County Safe. My office and our law enforcement partner agencies have a close working relationship. We work hard to foster cooperation and teamwork with every agency countywide. Hosting a BBQ to say thank you is a natural extension of that paradigm.”

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff E. Wayne Risner said, “January 9th is designated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. This is a day to recognize all the Men and Women who get up each and every day to enforce the laws of our great State and Country. We are extremely blessed to have the highest quality Sheriff's Deputies, Police Officers, Corrections Officers, and Highway Patrol serving and protecting our citizens in Ashland County.”

Sheriff Risner continued, “We are certainly blessed and grateful to have wonderful people in our county, who recognize the hard work and efforts of our local Law Enforcement Officers. Thanks to our Prosecutor Chris Tunnell and members of his staff, for taking the time and expense to provide an afternoon lunch of Pulled Pork and all the fixings, for all the local police agencies to stop in and enjoy. As the Ashland County Sheriff, I'm proud to say that I deeply appreciate the Officers from all our Police Agencies. They are truly the best.”

Ashland Post Commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Lieutenant Brad Bishop said, “I want to thank Mr. Tunnell and his office for taking the time to recognize Ashland's law enforcement. He is a great advocate for the safety of our community, and he can run a smoker pretty good too.”

Sergeant Dan Kumor, of the Ohio Highway Patrol Ashland Post, expressed, “On behalf of the OSP Ashland Post I would like to thank Prosecutor Chris Tunnell and his office for the delicious BBQ dinner they provided for all the officers in Ashland County, for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!”

Ashland Police Division Chief Dave Lay said, “We are grateful that Mr. Tunnel took the time out of his busy schedule to recognize the hard work that local law enforcement does to serve our community. The food and hospitality were appreciated.”

Ashland Police Division Captain Craig Kiley joking commented, “It was a nice gesture, and the only thing missing was to go boxes.”

"I would like to thank Prosecutor Tunnell and his staff for the awesome dinner that they provided for the Ashland County Law Enforcement Community. His generosity is appreciated by all of us. Working in law enforcement in Ashland County and the appreciation we get from the citizens is a blessing." Commented Chief Deputy David Blake


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