“The Villa at Riverwood has a very active group of independent seniors that cares about the community. We looked at all the different organizations we could raise money for and decided to support the Hazelwood Police Department because of how good they’ve been to us,” Fran Jackson, RN, BA, LNAJ, The Villa at Riverwood executive director, said. “Hazelwood police officers come whenever and wherever we need them. We really respect and appreciate them.”
Residents at The Villa also see the value of supporting the department’s efforts to interest youth in law enforcement as a future career, which explains why they made the donation to Hazelwood’s Police Explorers Post #9217. The Villa’s activity director, Pam Bockhorst, and the Resident Council worked on organizing the craft bazaar. Many of the residents showed off their creativity by making crafts for the holidays. They also auctioned off different things from the community such as furniture, paintings, and other knick-knacks.
In addition, The Villa at Riverwood has joined the City of Hazelwood’s recycling efforts by collecting aluminum cans. One of the residents takes these cans to a recycling center and then brings back the cash. The management staff decided to include this recycling money in the donation to the Police Explorers as well.
“We want to thank the residents of The Villa at Riverwood for their generous donation to our Police Explorers Post. This money will help us purchase uniforms for our members and to cover the cost of registering them for special conferences such as the St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Explorer Academy being held July 2013 at Maryville University,” Sgt. Andy Eagan, HPD’s N.A.T. Supervisor, said.
Police Officer Mike Monticelli and his K-9 partner, Onyxx, are popular visitors when they come to see residents at The Villa at Riverwood. Since dogs have been proven to be therapeutic in making people happier and healthier, Officer Monticelli often brings Onyxx around to meet the residents and have them pet his furry friend. K-9 Onyxx was recently presented with two medals and certificates by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater St. Louis at its 2012 Canine Awards Ceremony. One was for Suspect Apprehension and the other for Tracking.
HAZELWOOD POLICE EXPLORERS POST #9217
In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Council through its Exploring for Life’s career education program, the Hazelwood Police Department established its Police Explorers Post #9217 in the summer of 2003. This program gives youth, ages 14 to 21, an opportunity to “try out” a career in law enforcement without actually having to go through the educational and hiring process. Several explorers have retired from the Post and gone on to become police officers, state highway troopers, dispatchers, and correction officers. Program organizers strongly believe that if a youth is accepted into the Post, completes the program and gives 100% effort and dedication, he/she will have a high success rate when entering into the law enforcement career field. For more information on HPD’s Police Explorers Post #9217, go to http://www.hazelwoodpoliceexplorers.weebly.com.