Ingham County Sheriff’s Office gives out car seats

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By Julia Grippe
Holt Journal staff writer

HOLT – The Delhi Charter Township Fire Department and Ingham County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to provide free a child car seat safety checks Feb. 16, 2012.

Ingham County residents were able to get their car seats thoroughly inspected by police officers and, if needed, they received a new car seat for free.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s office received a grant to put on the event.

Ingham County Sheriff's Department inspecting a car seat

Jeff Butcher, recruitment and retention officer, said, “I helped put the event together with Sgt. Brown of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department and Paul Richards, the community service director.”

Lt. Brian Ball said the fire department was the best facility to host the event because it is centrally located and people can drive right through.

The police department put the car seats together and the fire department provided the help and volunteers, said Butcher.

People come to make sure his or her car seat is installed correctly and if not, the car seat can be replaced, said Ball.

“We try to do this every year,” said Ball.

“We have around 40 car seats to give out,” said Delhi Township firefighter Dustin Dickerson. The firefighters and police officers are hoping to get around 60 people to come out.

The event was advertised more this year through social media such as Facebook.

“We had to back off on the advertisements because we had such a response,” said Butcher.

The sheriff’s department and the fire department have been trying to join forces to have a greater impact on the community.

“By coming together, we can do a lot more,” said Butcher.

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