Spring came early for Aftermath in 2016. In March, we kicked off our 2016 PPE Giveaway, which ran through the end of March. Over 1400 law enforcement officials, coroners, and medical examiners from all across the US participated, and 105 winners, including 5 grand prize winners, were chosen. The 5 Grand prize winners received a 5.01 Tactical Bag and PPE kit from 5.11 Tactical. Keep an eye out for announcements about this year’s PPE Giveaway, starting in March!
In April, Jeremy Friedrich endured the winter-like spring weather to answer the call of police, military personnel, and EMTs who gathered at the Harley Davidson in Countryside, IL for a special motorcycle riding class, catering to first responders. Jeremy also gave away a $50 gift card – the lucky winner was Deputy Joe Jackson of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
At the end of April, Aftermath Services was invited to attend the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Annual Shoot Out, hosted at the Mill Creek Rifle Club in De Soto, KS. The mission of the event was to raise money for Special Olympics Kansas. This was the first time Aftermath attended the charity event; Jeremy Lemon, the Field Supervisor for the Oak Grove, MO Aftermath office, was on hand to represent the company.
June brought with it our “Backing the Blue” contest, which awarded one New England area police department with a $500 supply of life saving QuikClot kits. The winner of this year’s contest was Chief Marc Duphily of the Carver Police Department in Massachusetts.
In August, 2015 K9 Competition Winners Dax, Diesel, and Duke became official members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office during a swearing in ceremony. Participants included Sgt. McKinney, Dep. Forlenza, Dep. Somerville, Dep. Arrowood and their respective partners: Dax, Diesel, and Duke. TOPS Trainers Alex Rothacker and Paul Pomazal were also on hand.
This year’s 5th Annual K9 Grant Competition involved over 3,000 law enforcement organizations and over 142,000 votes were received – almost triple the number of votes from the previous year. At the end of October, the Alamogordo Police Department emerged as top dog. Four runners up were also rewarded, including police departments in Pekin, IL, Johnson City, NY, Larksville, PA and Matteson, IL.