The Cleveland Police Department is searching for area residents who would like to help through its Public Service Unit.
According to Evie West, information officer for CPD, Brian and Laurie Coffin came to Cleveland in 2008 from Palm Harbor, Fla.
“The couple was looking forward to retirement living in the Carolinas, Tennessee or Georgia.
“When they came to Cleveland, they fell in love with it and decided to stay. Brian retired from Ace Hardware after 30 years of service and Laurie worked for 26 years as an administrative assistant for a company in Florida,” West said.
When the Coffins came to Cleveland, their neighbor, PSU volunteer James Miller, told them about the PSU with the Cleveland Police Department.
The Coffins were very interested and came to talk to Support Services manager Travis Weber about the possibility of volunteering, according to West.
The Coffins have now been involved with the PSU for three years.
“They say volunteering for the Cleveland Police Department's Public Service Unit has been a good way for them to give back to their community,” West said.
The Coffins, along with other PSU volunteers, escort funerals, conduct unlocks, battery jumps, assist a motorist whose vehicle is out of gas and anything else that consists of serving the public.
“Brian does the driving and I am more like the secretary, writing down the calls we are dispatched to. We would like to recruit other volunteers to help by working as little or as much as you would like to,” said Laurie.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with CPD’s Public Service Unit can contact Travis Weber at 559-3390.