HAZARD — Hazard Health and Rehab hosted its first “Props for Cops” event on Monday. The event was a way for residents to show their thanks and appreciation for local law enforcement agencies. The event included a free breakfast, along with bags that were stuffed with candy and thank you cards from the residents that officers took with them back to their precincts.
“We just wanted to say with all the bad things going on today, that these are the men and women that protect use everyday. We just wanted to say thanks, especially around Thanksgiving time. It puts things in perspective,” said Physical Therapist Jami Hyer.
The residents put together the bags. They colored the thank you cards, signed them and also put different types of candy in the bag. Each candy represented different traits they believed officers have. The candy included was: Life Savers, Starbursts, Payday, Hershey Kisses, Snickers and Mounds.
*Life Savers were a way that residents reminded officers of the many times they have been life savers themselves.
*Starbursts were a way the residents could give officers a burst of energy that they need for the holidays.
*Payday was a way that residents showed that they knew officers were not in it for the money.
*Hershey Kisses was a way for residents to tell officers that they deserve the local communities love and support.
*Snickers was a way for residents to remind officers to keep their sense of humor.
*Mounds was a way for residents to give officers “Mounds” of courage that they need.
Every person in the Hazard and Perry County law enforcement departments received a bag, not just officers.
“We try to do something with our residents to get them involved the community and something different every month. We wanted to say ‘We love you. We appreciate you. Thank you for protecting our community’,” said Hyer.
Rehab Manger Gina Couch said that the residents enjoyed helping to stuff the bags and put the bags together, and coloring the thank you cards.
Employees of Hazard Health and Rehab made most of the food, while the donuts were donated by the Pantry Shelf.
Law enforcement officers from Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Hazard City Police, and Kentucky State Police attended the event.
“We appreciate the nursing home for what they do for us. We are so honored to be here today. I can’t thank them enough for what they do. We are so glad that we can serve them… We love our nursing home and all of our people in the community,” said Sheriff Les Burgett.
Public Affairs Officer Jody Sims with KSP said that events like this give him a sense of pride and reaffirms the reason why police officers do their jobs.
“We truly have a heartfelt belief that police officers are doing the job they are doing to be an asset to society and make the places where we live orderly and better places to live. When groups and citizens take steps to let us know personally how much they appreciate the job that is done by police officers, it gives you sense of pride and really reaffirms the reason why we do the job we do. It is for helping those who can’t help themselves and again helping make our world a little bit better place to live, ” said Sims.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.