Archive for August 4th, 2017

Open Heart’s volunteer motivated by desire to help othe

Friday, August 4th, 2017

 

BY MICHELE MURPHY

Before becoming a North Ridgeville police officer 23 years ago, Lt. Tony Lee served in the U.S. Army in Somalia. He says the experience made him ask himself, “How am I going to help in my own community?”

During his rookie year on the department, Lee recalls that then Captain, now retired chief, Richard Thomas took note that Lee seemed really good with kids. …Read More

Officer once helped by a cop now does the helping

Friday, August 4th, 2017

BY MICHELE MURPHY

Lorain County – North Ridgeville police officer Damir Kuduzovic reveals that his dad was “not in the picture” when he was growing up in Lakewood. However, a Lakewood cop named Will was.

Will was the department DARE officer, a Federally-funded drug awareness and safety program that placed specially-trained officers into school settings. He was also Kuduzovic’s basketball coach.

He says that Will made a big impression …Read More

Former camper now big booster of “cop camp

Friday, August 4th, 2017

BY MICHELE MURPHY

Avon Lake resident Justin Donovan wanted nothing to do with Operation Open Heart when his mom first suggested he attend the camp with his younger brother. Donovan was 15 at the time, and the more his mom pushed, the less he wanted to go.

In the end, he relented.

Seven years later, Donovan just smiles recalling those first awkward days because now he is a member …Read More