Helping in any way we can

Courtesy photo Mrs. Barbara Rippy made a $5,000 donation to the Union County CrimeStoppers earlier this week. Pictured with Rippy during the presentation are several members of the CrimeStoppers committee including Union Public Safety Department Investigator Mike Gregory, Mayor of Carlisle Mary Ferguson-Glenn, Letitia Wages of the Union Chamber of Commerce, Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Perry Haney, Evans Crocker of Crocker Insurance Group, Union County Victims Advocate Michelle Shugart, Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault and Union County Sheriff’s Office Captain Robbie Hines.

UNION COUNTY — On Wednesday, Mrs. Barbara Rippy made a $5,000 donation to Union County CrimeStoppers to support its efforts to fight crime in Union County.

Rippy presented her donation to the members of the CrimeStoppers committee which includes representatives from local law enforcement agencies, businesses, governments, and other local organizations.

Union County CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization led by area citizens and community leaders against crime. CrimeStoppers may offer cash rewards to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous CrimeStoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.

Sheriff David Taylor said that as tips increase, donations to CrimeStoppers are very important to the county. He thanked Rippy for her donation, adding that law enforcement needs the public’s help through CrimeStoppers to solve two murders.

“Her donation is greatly appreciated and any donation is by the CrimeStoppers program,” Taylor said. “Right now, we have two unsolved murders, one in the City of Union and one in the county and a reward is being offered in both of these cases for information that leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible.”

Rippy said she decided to make a donation to CrimeStoppers after learning about how much it does to help law enforcement fight crime in Union County. She said that the more she learned about the organization and how much it is involved in the more she was impressed by what it does and how involved it is in the fighting crime in Union County.

“I had no idea the impact of CrimeStoppers on the community. While talking to Renee’ at the chamber she began to tell me all that CrimeStoppers does. They get tips continuously and they deal with all sorts of crimes from shoplifting to animal abuse. I was surprised that they were having such an impact in dealing with crime in Union County. I discovered how important it was for them to have the funding necessary to continue, so I wanted to do something to help.”

Rippy said she feel everyone should be involved in supporting organizations like CrimeStoppers that are trying to have a positive impact on the community and make it a better place to live.

“We just need to be out there helping in any way we can,” Rippy said.

The phone number for CrimeStoppers is 864-427-0800.