Legion Generosity

LOCAL POLICE departments are always under the funding gun. We know of no Eastern Ohio police force with an excess of money. They perform their dangerous tasks on razor-thin budgets.

Police departments often receive an assist from civic organizations. The St. Clairsville Police Department was a recent beneficiary of such generosity.

American Legion Post 159 delivered a pair of gifts that makes the St. C. force better equipped to deal with the issue of impaired drivers. Legion officers presented Police Chief Jeff Henry with two hand-held breathalyzer units.

The machines are specifically Intoxilyzer SD-5 units developed by CMI Inc., which is a leading manufacturer of instruments that measure blood-alcohol content via a breath sample. Henry notes the significance of the donation, as it makes possible for all three St. C. cruisers to be equipped with such a useful piece of equipment.

The breathalyzers do not come cheaply. The two donated devices cost nearly a $1,000. That is truly a grand gesture by the Legion members.

The Legion’s community-minded generosity is a two-fold boost to the St. Clairsville Police Department. First, it receives some much-needed and useful equipment, and secondly, it saves the force precious dollars.

St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 gains our praise for its selfless act. It is the latest in a long line of support the legion has delivered to the police and the community.