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Press Release: Marathon Petroleum Supports the BOOT Project 11.29.16

Press Release: Marathon Petroleum Supports the BOOT Project 11.29.16

November 29, 2016


The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to announce that Marathon Petroleum Company has generously donated and pledged support for The BOOT project.   “Marathon’s dedication to the safety of our schools and our community is inspiring.” says Sheriff Michael E Heldman.  “We are grateful for their support in helping protect our 12,000-plus students in Hancock County.”

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 – and we have set an aggressive goal of completing the installation by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Financial support is needed to reach this goal so we can provide a safer environment for our children. Donations 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


Michael E Heldman, Sheriff

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office