People Week of 7/5/2021

Staff Writer

Lake Officer Ron Craig honored
Lake Township Police officer Ron Craig was among the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum’s March 2021 Officers of the Month.
Deputy Royce James, Volusia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department was also honored as an Officer of the Month.
Officer Craig was selected for his service to the community in assisting senior citizens who don’t have access to technology get their COVID-19 vaccines. As the community policing officer in Lake Township, Craig knew that getting on the list for a COVID-19 vaccine could be both challenging and time-consuming. After hearing that some of the older residents were having an even harder time than others with scheduling appointments, he decided to take action.
Several older locals didn’t have a smartphone or a computer to make appointments. With the approval of Lake Township Chief Mark Hummer and the help of the Wood County Health Department, Craig was able to coordinate appointments within days. He has already helped approximately 150 people receive vaccines.
After losing his wife to cancer last year, Craig said that this project has been good medicine for his soul. He has been in law enforcement since 1974; has served as a paramedic for 40 years and as a firefighter for more than 20 years.
“We would like to first congratulate Deputy James and Officer Craig for this award, as well as thank them for their selfless service to their communities,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their bravery and willingness to serve others is an inspiration and we are so grateful for the opportunity to once again highlight the incredible things that members of law enforcement are doing.”
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.


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