Elks honor emergency, police and fire crews for their service

By Charity Keitel
Miami County Republic – September 29, 2016

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mersman (left) and firemen Donnie Blackman (center) and Mitch Talley were among several fire department, police department and emergency personnel at Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. Photos by Charity Keitel. Click each photo to view full-size.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mersman (left) and firemen Donnie Blackman (center) and Mitch Talley were among several fire department, police department and emergency personnel at Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. Photos by Charity Keitel. Click each photo to view full-size.

Elks Exalted Ruler Chuck Ulanski (left) presents Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love with a certificate Thursday recognizing him for his years of dedicated service to the community. Similar certificates were awarded to other members of the fire department, police department and county EMS.

Elks Exalted Ruler Chuck Ulanski (left) presents Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love with a certificate Thursday recognizing him for his years of dedicated service to the community. Similar certificates were awarded to other members of the fire department, police department and county EMS.

Everyone was quick to enjoy light refreshments at the snack bar during Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. The Chamber Fall After Hours event was hosted by the Elks Lodge and took place in honor of police department, fire department and emergency personnel.

Everyone was quick to enjoy light refreshments at the snack bar during Thursday’s after-hours event in Osawatomie. The Chamber Fall After Hours event was hosted by the Elks Lodge and took place in honor of police department, fire department and emergency personnel.

Members of the community gathered Thursday evening at the Elks Lodge in Osawatomie to honor the city’s law enforcement and fire department as well as members of Miami County Emergency Medical Services for their continued dedication and service.

Police department, fire department and EMS personnel were awarded certificates by the Elks in a brief presentation, which followed a rush to the snack bar for refreshments.

Mayor Mark Govea, who is a member of the Elks, was there to take pictures on behalf of the Lodge; while Tom Troutman and Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce Director Diana Neal led the proceedings.

Those who wanted to speak were given the opportunity, and police officer Suzie Tousey was among several who offered their thanks for the evening of fellowship and recognition.

She said the evening was a nice getaway for the police department and others because it gave them an opportunity to interact with community members as community members and not just as policemen or firemen or emergency personnel.

“On behalf of the Osawatomie Police Department, we would like to thank you (the community and Elks) for the invitation,” she said. “It is nice to get out and see people – and so you can see us out and about in the community, and not sticking our heads in the window and writing you a nice little coupon. Thank you for everything.”

The evening at the Lodge was a Chamber Fall After Hours event hosted by the Elks.

 

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