Honoring those who protect and serve.
By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.
HART — In honor of National Police Week, Marnee Furman of Oceana County delivers “survival kits” to local police officers.
Furman and her sons, Wyatt, 10, and Lincoln, 7, hand-deliver the kits to the local departments throughout police week. Furman’s husband, Ryan, is an officer with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians police agency in Manistee, so she is well aware of the dedication that is required to be an officer. He has been a law enforcement officer for 18 years.
“They’re under-appreciated and over-worked,” Furman said. “They make a lot of sacrifices.”
This year marks the sixth year that Furman has been handing out the survival kits, which are bags filled with useful items such as water bottles, pens, lint rollers, chapstick, dental floss, candy, granola bars and coupons and vouchers from local businesses.
Furman, who works at Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Family Fitness in Hart, received many items donated by local individuals and businesses, such as her workplace.
In addition to her employer, Furman got some help from donors: Kristi’s Pour House; Hair Culture Salon and Spa; Dunes Express Inn; Dr. Peter Mason; BC Pizza; Golden Acres; Track 34 Tree Farm; Sherri Campagana and family; Ray and Pat Furman; and Sarah Lauren.
During police week, Furman said her home turns into a “workshop” as she packages all the kits prior to delivery. This year, she handed out 90 kits to Oceana County officers.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
An open house at the Hart post of the Michigan State Police is slated for Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate MSP’s 100th anniversary and in conjunction with National Police Week.
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