Operation Open Heart News

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

These cops are guilty of “excessive kindness”

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Opinion Column
By Michele Murphy

It’s called Operation Open Heart, a nonprofit founded by Ohio State Trooper David Harper to connect police officers to young boys who, through no fault of their own, are in the child welfare system. Harper knew exactly how that felt because he was an orphan. Fifty-five years later, it still thrives, run by cops and fighter/paramedics who donate their time to a …Read More

Area kids get special treatment from big-hearted cops and firefighters

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

 

BY MICHELE MURPHY

“This is the best thing ever!” declared 10-year old Dylan.

He is referring to a week-long overnight camp sponsored by Operation Open Heart for nearly 50 boys ages 6 to 14 who, through no fault of their own, have open cases with Lorain County Children’s Services.

Now in its 55th year, Operation Open Heart was founded by Ohio State Highway Patrolman David Harper, who was …Read More