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DeGraff Chief Piersall receives recognition; council transfers funds (Audio included)

Brad Kennedy started training as an officer with the DeGraff Police Department when he got the news just over a year ago: He was to be deployed to Afghanistan for one year.

If he was worried that Chief George Piersall and the rest of the DeGraff community was going to forget about him, he was pleasantly surprised to find out that the exact opposite was the case. Not only did Chief Piersall and Sergeant Mays stay in touch with Kennedy during his deployment, they made sure that he would be ready to hit the street as soon as he returned home.

Kennedy, who is an RN, served as a Captain for the 684th ASMC in Afghanistan for one year. Wanting to acknowledge the support he received from Chief Piersall and the DeGraff Police Department, on his return, he nominated Piersall for the Patriotic Employer Award, which he presented to Piersall at the council meeting. (Above left, Chief George Piersall, left, accepts the Patriotic Employer Award from Officer and Afghanistan vet Brad Kennedy; Photo submitted by Jennifer Bowman).

Officer Kennedy talks about his experiences in Afghanistan.

In council news, an ordinance that will enable the village to provide for fines and punishment for those who leave droppings from large animals on the village streets was passed on the first reading.

The council also passed three ordinances, all of which transferred funds owned by the village from one entity to other. The first transferred $14,392.71 from the Enterprise Reserve Fund to the Sewer Fund, while the second and third ordinances transferred $11,039.34 and $10,894.35 from the Enterprise Deposit Fund to the Water Fund and Sewer Fund, respectively.

Mayor Gary Comer also announced that the village donated $500 to the Bellefontaine Police Department to help defray the costs of training a new canine officer as the BPD lost Benno, a police canine, last month to illness.

The next DeGraff Village Council meeting with be October 16th at 7 pm. Prior to that meeting, several members of the council will attend a meeting of the Joint Sewer Board on October 8th in an attempt to hammer out an agreement on how the joint treatment plant is to be staffed and funded.

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