The proceeds of the “Back the Blue” fundraiser are being distributed to the East Ridge Police Department in the form of gift cards.
A “Back the Blue” barbeque and bake sale spearheaded by private citizens raised $5,528 earlier this month. The effort to raise money was in response to allegations by the local union that much-needed supplies, including latex gloves, body armor and taser cartridges, were not readily available to officers. Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd, whose district includes East Ridge, kicked in an additional $7,500 to meet the perceived shortfall.
The press release states that the IBPO would like to thank John Tilley, Harry Mackey and the East Ridge Optimist Club for its efforts in support of the “Back the Blue” fundraiser. In addition, the union expresses its gratitude to all the volunteers, singling out Court Clerk Patricia Cassidy, as well as all the citizens who helped make the fundraiser a success