RV Park Says 'Thanks' to City Police Officers
Officers from across the Gila Valley descended upon the Golf Course Road RV Park in Safford, Ariz., on Thursday (Sept. 3). They weren't there for a raid, however, but to enjoy a lunch with roast pork as the main entree.
LeRoy Kassman, the chief project consultant of the park, and his wife, Cecelia, joined Bruce and Jeri Eberhart and park manager Kris Kot in preparing and presenting an officer appreciation lunch, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier.
Kassman told the Courier the park has sponsored lunches for other groups, including the home healthcare group from the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center and for Safford city officials. He felt it was time to recognize the area's officers and have a lunch for them.
Kassman said he and his crew began preparing for the lunch the previous day and started cooking at 3 a.m. on Thursday. He wanted to thank several sponsors of the event for donating the food, including Wal-Mart, Bashas', Thriftee Food and Drug and Safeway.
Numerous law enforcement members showed up, including Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred and Undersheriff Jeff McCormies, Safford Police Chief John Griffin, Thatcher Police Chief Mark Stevens and Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Long.
Mayors Ron Green of Safford and Bob Rivera of Thatcher were also present at the event along with Thatcher Councilor Wayne Griffith and Safford City Manager David Kincaid.
A dunk tank contraption was donated by Sheriff Allred for the event, but it was not used.
Former law enforcement member Bob Holliday, now a church minister, gave a blessing for the food and said a prayer for the officers.
"Having walked where you walk, I know that more times than not, God watches over us when we need Him the most," he said.