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Cops extra vigilant when temps drop


Police officers in Lorain County are keeping watch, with some helpful eyes, for those in need of help in this week’s subzero temperatures.

Amherst police officers are watching the highways and byways in their jurisdiction for motorists with broken-down vehicles in need of assistance in the cold.

Avon Police Lt. Mark Cawthon said officers also have been briefed on where local warming shelters are for anyone who might need a respite from the cold.

As for seniors or those who might live alone, “our officers know their neighborhoods pretty well,” he said. “They know who’s who, who to keep an eye on.”

Lt. Keith Haag, commander of the Avon Police Department’s patrol division, said officers have been told to be “extra vigilant,” stopping and checking on anyone who might be out or in “apparent distress” in the cold.

Patrol officers also are conducting extra sweeps on Interstate 90 for any motorists having trouble, and keeping in contact with the U.S. Postal Service and newspaper delivery carriers who spot anything out of the ordinary when delivering to senior citizens or those living alone.

Postal workers and newspaper carriers will “give us a call if nobody’s picking up their mail or they see the paper piling up,” Haag said.

North Ridgeville police officers always are prepared to do welfare checks on senior citizens or those with health or safety concerns, Capt. Marti Garrow said. His department stays in contact with the city’s Office for Older Adults/Senior Center and keeps information on warming centers on hand, he said.

Officers on duty need to stay warm to stay active and ready, supervisors said. Avon police sergeants are making sure their officers are “properly attired and prepared for the cold weather, too,” Haag said.

“We don’t get to choose if we’re out there in the cold, directing traffic,” he said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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