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Media Release: Boot Project Update December 4, 2017

Media Release: Boot Project Update December 4, 2017

On Wednesday, November 29th the Sheriff’s Office hosted a luncheon thanking the community for the support of the BOOT project.  The program, sponsored by The Roppe Corporation, the event was held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and featured a lunch by the Bistro on Main.

The program honored Marathon, Ohio Logistics and Centennial Screen Printing, Findlay Rotary Club,  The Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation and several PTO groups topped the guest list.  “The support of these local entities have helped us raise over $225,000 alone.”  said Sheriff Heldman.  “The community support behind this project has been aspiring, I can’t say that enough.”

The BOOT is a product that, once installed, can withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure and works on all doors with a simple one-step engagement. The product is lightweight and can be activated by anyone, even young children, allowing a room to be locked so the class can take shelter in place in the event of an active shooter situation. Our goal is to place The BOOT in every classroom and administrative office in all Findlay City, Hancock County, private and parochial schools – a total of 1,871 doors at a project cost of $420,000.

At this time installation has begun. Cory Rawson, Van Buren, Riverdale, and several Findlay City Schools have the device installed.   The manufacturer, The Lockdown Company, will continue to install the BOOT as work continues to raise the remaining balance of funds.   “We still need to raise $117,000 to meet our overall goal and I want to see this project complete by the end of this school year. Money raised and BOOTS installed. We still need additional support from the community to do so.”

Donations of support to help reach this goal, can be made to the Crime Prevention Association of Findlay/Hancock County and sent to 200 West Crawford Street, Findlay, OH 45840 or by visiting the website at You can also call Beth Baker at 419-424-7253 for additional information.  For future information please visit the website above or the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.