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Annual Lake County event to honor local first responders on September 9, 2023

The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition and Lake County Crime Prevention Taskforce are excited to host Lake County’s annual Hometown Heroes event on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am–noon at the Great Lakes Mall.  This free family-friendly event is dedicated to honoring local first responders who keep Lake County communities safe through their excellent service and heroism.  The awards will be distributed from 10–10:30 am, so come show your appreciation for local heroes during that time.

After the awards ceremony, you can visit different tables and displays to learn more about the participating agencies.  This will be a great opportunity to put a face to the names of the services that you may use as a Lake County resident.  Child-friendly activities including games, giveaways and bounce houses will be there as well as the chance for event goers to see and learn about K-9 units, police horses, and other special equipment that local law enforcement uses to keep Lake County safe. 

Did you know?
Have you heard about the new distracted driving law in Ohio that passed in April 2023? The warning grace period will end on October 5, 2023, and law enforcement will begin to issue tickets to drivers using or holding their phone while driving – in most circumstances.  There are ways to not only avoid getting a ticket but to drive safely while still being able to take calls and communicate while on the road: 
  • Use Bluetooth technology to stay hands free. 
  • Use voice controls on your cell phone to send texts and to answer calls. 
  • When you need to use GPS, you can mount your phone while using navigation apps so that your hands stay on the wheel.

Learn more about the new law and ways you can still use your cell phone and navigation devices while minding the law at

Are you a Lake County resident and interested in helping keep roads safe?
Join The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition for more upcoming events, meetings, and volunteer opportunities year-round!  There is no county restriction.  Contact Emily Kolacz at 440-350-2543 to learn more.  The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is the lead agency of the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition.