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St. Clairsville American Legion donates two Breathalyzers to police department

Updated: Wednesday, March 12 2014, 06:54 PM EDT

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – American Legion Post 159 in St. Clairsville has made a generous donation to the city’s police department.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Legion donated two breathalyzers.
St. Clairsville police say it’s just another tool that’s going to help them keep the roads safe, as DUIs are always a concern for police and anyone else on the road.
The department had one Breathalyzer but now has one for each car, thanks to the donation.
“Where is the best place to start other than your local police department?” asked Joe Barker, commander of Post 159. “They are the ones that keep our children safe, the roads safe, and us safe.”
The money for the devices, right around $1,000, was raised through raffles and gaming at the post.
In addition to testing drivers, Chief Jeff Henry said the new Breathalyzers can be used off-road, thanks to an advanced feature their old one doesn’t have.
“Kids can be tested at the parties,” Henry said. “The glasses, the cups, the bottles can be sniffed by this hand-held Breathalyzer, so it’s something new for us.”
Barker said it’s just one of the many ways they try to give back.
In addition to the police department, the legion has helped the school with band uniforms, the local food pantry and the Salvation Army as well.
“Mostly we try to keep it in St. Clairsville, but we look at the community as a whole and we do our best to do things to help who might be in need at that particular time,” Barker said.
He added that not one cent stays at the Legion and 100 percent of all donations goes back to the community.


St. Clairsville American Legion donates two Breathalyzers to police department


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