The Chizik Family Foundation, who supports local youth development, and the Auburn Police Division is seeking community support to provide gifts for Ethan and the first responders involved in the Midland City hostage situation.
"I can only imagine what those guys are going through the whole entire week being down there and going through that. We just wanted to help out the best way we can here at the Auburn Police Division and with the Chizik Family Foundation to bring a little comfort to the first responders and the young man who was held hostage," explains Auburn Police Chief, Tommy Dawson.
Books, toys and cards as well as items for first responders can be dropped off at the Auburn Police Division until Friday, February 8.
Chief Dawson says he spoke with Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson earlier on Tuesday and expressed his appreciation of how he and his team handled the weeklong crisis.
"As a first responder it always feels good to know that the people appreciate what you're doing for them and we just want to say, that even though Auburn is a little ways away from the Midland City, we were watching you guys, we know what you're going through and we appreciate your commitment to law enforcement and to the safety of our children," says Dawson.
The deadline to drop of gifts for Ethan and the first responders is Friday at noon at the Auburn Police Department on 141 North Ross Street.
Jonna Chizik will drive to Midland City on Saturday to hand deliver the contributions.
Monday, May 20 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:12:47 GMT
Jermaine Richards was arrested in connection with the death of Alyssiah Wiley.
A Bridgeport man faces murder and kidnapping charges in the death of an Eastern Connecticut State University who disappeared in April. Thirty-year-old Jermaine Richards was scheduled to make his firstMore >
The search for a missing college student has turned into a search for justice after 30-year-old Jermaine Richards was arrested in connection with the death of Alyssiah Wiley.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:40 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:40:11 GMT
A lawmaker from Connecticut has pledged to live on less than $5 per day to better understand the food stamp budget. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will live on $143.89 per month, which is $4.80 a day or $1.60More >
A U.S. Senator from Connecticut has pledged to live on less than $5 per day to better understand the food stamp budget.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 1:41 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:41:42 GMT
A Manchester man was arrested after he allegedly took psychedelic mushrooms and hit a woman at a home in Coventry early Monday morning. Officers were called to a home on Ripley Hill Road for an allegedMore >
A Manchester man was arrested after he allegedly took psychedelic mushrooms and hit a woman at a home in Coventry early Monday morning.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
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I first saw the headline early Tuesday on Real Clear Politics, a political news site where I generally start my morning. It's not where I expect to see a story on breast cancer.
Monday, May 20 2013 9:26 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:26:31 GMT
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.Police said 48-year-old Gary Wright was arrested after being accused of assaulting a woman in a bowling alley parking lot.Police said the unidentifiedMore >
South Windsor police arrested a man after a brutal beating.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:19:22 GMT
The West Hartford Police Department is investigating a robbery at Solid Gold Monday afternoon. Few details are being released at this time, but police said the robbery occurred at the Kane Street locationMore >
The West Hartford Police Department is investigating a robbery at Solid Gold Monday afternoon.More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:37:33 GMT
The remains found in a wooded area in Trumbull on Friday have been identified as missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley. Investigators said the discovery was made along QuarryMore >
State police have arrested 30-year-old Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport, in connection with the death of missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah WileyMore >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:46 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:46:28 GMT
By STEPHEN SINGERAssociated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is warning commuters that a traffic mess awaits them in southwest Connecticut for as long as a week until service is restoredMore >
While Metro-North travelers experienced a messy, slow-going commute Monday, officials said service is expected return by the Wednesday morning commute after a train derailment that injured dozens of people.More >