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The BOOT Project Reaches First Milestone 1.04.17

The BOOT Project Reaches First Milestone 1.04.17

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to announce that The BOOT project has reached it’s first milestone. Thanks to the many members of the community we have reached our first $100,000.00 benchmark to secure our classroom doors in all county and city schools in Hancock County. This is in-part from a large donation from Marathon of $50,000.00. The balance has been received through the hard work of local PTO groups such as Jefferson/ Chamberlain Hill, Van Buren, and Riverdale. Many small businesses have joined forces and adopted multiple doors. Support has also come from the Charles J. Younger Fund and the Mariann Dana Younger Fund of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

“The community support behind this project has been inspiring,” said Sheriff Heldman. “Our children deserve to learn in an environment where they feel safe. Our school administrators work hard to provide a great education and we as a community need to work together to make sure they are safe there. Thank you to everyone who have contributed this far.  We still have away to go, but I know together we can do it.”

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 More fundraisers are being developed at this time. For future information please visit the website above or the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.