FOP to hold annual Gun Bash event

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont/ Monroe Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6 and The Belmont/ Monroe Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge 13 will hold their annual Gun Bash on May 10.

The event will be held at the James E. Carnes Center from 4-8 p.m., and doors will open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45, which also includes food and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased at Yanok Insurance and the St. Clairsville Police Station.

The money generated from this event will go towards the construction of the gun range at the lodge, which is located in Uniontown. The construction of this gun range will benefit law enforcement and will provide officers a place for additional training. The lodge is working to extend the range to 800 feet and are planning a 300 feet gun range as well.

“The funds that will be raised at the (Gun Bash 2014), since we are non-profit, will go towards the range project that has been underway for the last year and a half and has been in the works for upwards of 10 years to improve upon the training facility,” Stanley Galownia, assistant jail administrator for the Belmont Sheriff’s Office and president of the FOP. “We are getting closer each year to the completion of this project .”

The money from the event will go towards the $15,000 to $20,000 the lodge will still need.

“We are looking to add a 300-yard range, upgrade our pistol range and also add a 800-yard range. All this is being done through the labor and equipment is provided by the 463rd engineer company out of Wheeling,” said Sgt. Randy Stewart, who serves as the Lodge 6 trustee and works as at The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. “They have units coming out of Parkersburg and Pennsylvania to work on the project. Once it is done, it’s not just for Belmont County, Monroe and a lot of different agencies will train here. It’s our goal to train any police agency here.”

Stewart goes on to day that the importance of keeping officers up-to-date with training and to get the range state and federally certified.

Their goal is to get them up to that point.

Both Galownia and Stewart stressed that lodge 6 would not be able to any of this without the associates lodge.

The FOPA president is Doug McGilton.

“Doug has spent an enormous amount of time over the past six months planning and selecting the prizes offered at this year’s event. He was unable to be there today due to a family illness. I have worked with Doug and fellow committee members over the recent months planning the upcoming event,” said Dan Yanok, a FOPA member. “We have reviewed all of the welcomed feedback from past years to make certain that the selection of prizes offered and the overall operational aspects of this event make it enjoyable for all attendees, second to no other considering the cost of entry into the event.”

Prizes include: Beretta 92FS 9MM (Italy) BL 15RD; Glock G21 (GEN 4) 45 13R FS;Remington 870 Exp 12 Ga.; Ruger LCRX 38 SP+P 1.875 Hog Blk; Smith & Wesson BodyGuard 380 2.75 LSR BLK; $250 Cash; Taurus “Judge” 45/410 4 FO MSS; CIA 20 Ga Coach with hammers wood; Ruger KSR9C10L 9MCMP 3.5CA Blk/SS; Glock G19 (Gen 4) 9M 15R FS; Ruger P45 MK III 22L 4.5 TB 10; $250 cash; Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 9M 3.17 & 8R Blk; Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 7.5 BLK; CIA M70 AK47; Henry Big Boy 44MAG/SPL; $250 cash; Sig 9389 938 (MM Sao BLK SYN 20RD; Smith & Wesson M&P15 5.56 Moe 5.56 BLK; $250 cash; Gun safe; 2014 Polaris ATV.

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