Appreciation day scheduled for county's first responders

Deb Zwez

Simply put, it’s an opportunity to say thank you.

Officials from the Mental Health & Recovery Services board are teaming up with the Auglaize County commissioners to give first responders a much-needed pat on the back.

“We’re not giving them a million dollars,” joked Michael Schoenhofer, executive director of the organization that provides services to three counties including Auglaize. “But we are giving them a heartfelt thank you – and a pen that we designed that says ‘thank you for saving lives.’”

The week of April 9-13 has been set aside to honor all first responders in the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin county communities who are on the front line of Ohio’s opioid epidemic. In Wapakoneta, the Auglaize County recognition will be Thursday, April 12, at 8:30 a.m. at the county Administration Building on Blackhoof Street.

“These are the people dealing with overdoses, families, drug issues,” Schoenhofer said. “No one ever really says thank you to them for doing what’s tough out there in the field.”

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