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Ferry police treated for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

T-L Photos/SHELLEY HANSON ABOVE: MARTINS FERRY High School student Dylan Ward, left, shares a laugh with Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland during a lunch held in appreciation of Martins Ferry police officers on Friday.

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry’s police officers were shown appreciation for the work they do to protect the community this week in recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland said students from Speiro Academy of Martins Ferry brought a Bob Evans lunch to the officers on Thursday and also prayed with them.

“That’s never happened before that I can remember,” he noted.

That same day officers also received pizza from local businessman Travis Pollock, who owns a landscaping company.

On Friday, the officers were treated to lunch at Martins Ferry High School, prepared by members of the student council and Principal Joe Mamone.

Mamone said the lunch was the student council’s idea. Money was collected from all students in the school to pay for the meal, which included rigatoni, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, dessert and drinks.

Mamone said he made the meatballs himself. The students cooked the rigatoni in the home economics lab kitchen.

“The leftovers they can take back to the station for anyone who is on afternoon shift,” Mamone said of the officers who could not attend the lunch.

In addition to McFarland, officers who enjoyed the meal on site included Vince West, Kade Carpenter, John Holmes, Vernon Trigg, Steve Veltri, Shamus Nixon, Bob Walton and Robert Ney.

“It’s very good,” Veltri said of the meal, with his fellow officers nodding in agreement.

Student council members who helped with the event included Kayla Beery, Lakyn Goff, Lilly Masters, Dylan Ward, Peyton Hores, Lexi Adams, Kayla Theaker, Nick Schramm, Richella Spielvogel, Dylan Johnson, Kayana Jones, Adele Stillion, Kami McDonald, Chase Ward and Richard McFarland.

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