UNION — A very special group of local law enforcement personnel got some help in their efforts to raise funds to purchase new equipment from a local club whose members place service above self.
The Union Rotary Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday in the social hall of Covenant Baptist Church. The meetings include food, fellowship, and fun and a special guest invited by a Rotarian to address the club. At this week’s meeting the special guest was Investigator Scott Coffer, Commander of the Union County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT). Coffer attended the meeting at the invitation of Rotarian John Fallaw.
During the meeting Club President Annie Smith presented Coffer with a check for $100, a donation from the club to support the SRT’s fundraising efforts and the work of its members and fellow law enforcement personnel to enforce the law and protect the people of Union County.
“The money they raise will go to help them purchase the specific equipment they need to keep them safe and replace the older equipment,” Smith said. “The Rotary Club of Union appreciates everything that all of our law enforcement officers do.”
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” and its members dedicate themselves as a club and as individuals to putting others first and serving the community. That commitment includes supporting organizations like the SRT who in their own way also put others above self and serve the community.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team is one of those organizations. The SRT is a group of specially trained deputies to provide community protection in extreme situations. It is available in cases to support the extraordinary enforcement needs of other deputies or any other law enforcement agency in Union or surrounding counties. They have been trained to handle such incidents as:
• High Risk Arrest Warrants
• High Risk Search Warrant Executions
• Sniper Situations
• K-9 Deployments
• Civil Disturbances
• Barricaded Subject Situations
• Hostage Situations
• Any other occurrences which go beyond the scope of our patrol deputies.
Rotary’s donation comes less than two weeks before the SRT fundraiser which will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds.
The fundraiser will include an “SRT” involving motorcyclists riding to raise money for the team. It will also include a corn hole competition in which teams will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place titles and cash payouts.
In addition, SRT equipment will be on display for public viewing and food will be served.
The money raised will go toward the purchase of newer equipment to replace older, more worn out equipment currently being used by the SRT.
The SRT utilizes specific equipment which is normally purchased through fund raisers put on by them. Past fund raisers include golf tournaments, fishing tournaments and food fund raisers. The fund raisers are held to ensure that equipping the SRT involves no additional cost to taxpayers. The equipment the SRT has purchased through its fundraising activities include:
• Breaching kits
• Less lethal tools
• Medical jump bags
• Tactical shields
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.