On Monday, July 14th the City of Hiram
received a check from Ragsdale Heating, Air, and Plumbing in the amount of $100
for the purchase of several temperature guns.
While Hiram has always taken a proactive stance on child safety, many communities are becoming much more vigilant when it comes to the safety of children and animals with regards to leaving them unattended in a vehicle.
And irrespective of the weather conditions, it is never a good idea to leave a child unattended in a vehicle for many reasons beyond extreme heat or cold.
But when the Hiram Police Department receives a call to respond to a child left unattended in a vehicle or when an officer observes a child or children in a vehicle and responds to investigate, he or she will now have a wonderful tool to measure the temperature.
The acquisition of these temperature guns became possible thanks to the proactive thinking of Lt. Mike O’Neal with the Hiram Police Department. When he made an inquiry to a local heating and air company, Ragsdale, to ascertain if he can borrow some of their temperature guns, they responded with a monetary donation to be used to purchase several of these tools.
According to Lt. Mike O’Neal, “Our Police Department has always been cognizant of kids or pets left unattended in vehicles and thought that having some of these temperature detecting instruments on-hand would be beneficial to measure and document what could be determined to be extreme temperature exposure.” “While our first goal has always been and continues to be ensuring the safety any victim or potential victim to unsafe temperature exposure, we need to use all available resources and equipment to issue citations, make arrests and assist with prosecution when needed,” continued Lt. O’Neal.
A special thanks and sincere expression of gratitude is shared with the benevolent corporate partner, Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing.
For additional information, you may contact city hall at 770-943-3726.
— From City of Hiram