When Richmond Police officer Daniel Ellis was shot in a line of avocation and mislaid his life in 2015, a village showed an escape of support for his family.
But a support didn’t stop there. Then Richmond proprietor Steve Rosenberg suspicion it was also critical to uncover support to all of Richmond’s officers, who face risk any and any day they go to work.
He reached out to David Gannon and, together, a dual began seeking donations for officers.
Thus, “RPD Appreciation Day” was born, and has been celebrated a initial Sunday in Dec a final 3 years. This year’s RPD Appreciation Day is Sunday.
As in years past, area restaurants donated present certificates, that a officers were given Friday. The grill present certificates are all in a volume of $45.70, a curtsy to Ellis’ badge number, 457.
“I wanted to do something for all a officers,” Rosenberg, plan coordinator for RPD Appreciation Day, pronounced Friday. “People here emphatically support a military department.”
That was clearly done clear by a fact that roughly dual dozen area restaurants done donations. Those donating certificates for $45.70 enclosed Golden Corral, Casa Fiesta, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, O’Charley’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooter’s, Koto Japanese Bistro, Sidelines, Logan’s Roadhouse, Sonny’s BBQ, Jackson’s and Cracker Barrel. Other restaurants also supposing certificates, including Raising Cane’s, Culver’s, Papa John’s, Captain D’s, Wendy’s, Chic-fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts, Firehouse Subs, and Cook Out.
This year, other area businesses assimilated in, including Cinemark Theaters, Lowes, Soft Shoe, Galaxy Bowling Center and Hill Tire, who all supposing certificates.
Office Depot supposing “We Support RPD signs” for a participating sponsors, and First Gear supposing all officers with tradition t-shirts.
And a support didn’t stop during Richmond’s borders. Ale-8 in Winchester donated a six-pack of a sodas to any officer, and Ruth Hunt Candies from Mt. Sterling donated candy.
The Eastern Kentucky University basketball module supposing tickets.The U.K. basketball module donated tickets to women’s games, and dual tickets to a men’s game.
Keeneland means any officer indifferent seating for 4 during a open meet.
Richmond Police arch James Ebert pronounced Friday he knows how most work Rosenberg and Gannon put into a project.
“They were unequivocally friendly adequate to put in a hours, and a persperate equity,” he said.
Before a officers perceived their certificates, Rosenberg voiced his thankfulness for a military department.
“It’s a payoff for me to be in front of all of you,” he said. “It takes a lot of bravery to be a military officer.”
Assistant Police Chief Rodney Richardson pronounced a dialect is wakeful that it has a support of a community.
For Officer Corey Baron, a eventuality is something to demeanour brazen to.
“This is amazing,” he said. “These guys put in a lot of tough work.”
Rosenberg pronounced he would like as many officers as can to use their grill certificates on Sunday, RPD Appreciation Day. But officers can use them after Sunday.
Anyone wanting to present to RPD Appreciation Day can strech Rosenberg during 859-200-7740.
Reach Kelly McKinney during 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @kellymckinney18.