YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Police Department made a special recognition Tuesday afternoon.
First News often reports on community service projects Youngstown Police perform, but those efforts often involve local volunteers. On Tuesday, police took time to say thank you to those who help them serve.
We’ve seen their handiwork numerous times: Gifts for families at Christmas, candy and flowers for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and baskets for kids at Easter.
Chief Carl Davis passed out thank you’s to those who support them.
Davis said he wanted to recognize the people and businesses who go above and beyond to help in any project they do.
“Behind the scenes, they give thousands of hours and thousands of their own dollars to help ensure that our children and our mothers and our fathers can have Christmas gifts when times are tough,” Davis said.
Among those honored were Victoria Allen with the ICU block watch, Giannios Candy, Rocco Nolfi, Allstate Insurance and Youngstown Plant & Flower.
Giannos and his family-owned candy business has been providing sweet treats for police officers to pass out for years, saying it’s all about giving back.
“Been born, raised, grew up in this whole — this city. Here in this town. It’s my home, and I want to see it keep going, you know? It’s about giving good,” Giannos said.
Allen has led the ICU block watch the last dozen years and says she and her group of volunteers have no plans to stop.
“What are we gonna do next? Or we already know what we’re doing next, and we start, okay, when are we gonna meet to start planning the next event?” Allen said.
Local insurance agent Nolfi says he looks for ways to help the community and says the police department’s community efforts help him fill that need.
“I give the YPD a lot of credit for the stuff they do behind the scenes to give business owners like myself an opportunity to help,” Nolfi said.
In doing so, Davis says says these volunteers and others like them embody the department’s motto of “Pride, Commitment and Service.”