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I only want to give.

I had my first 2 declines from Police Departments today. They thought I was trying to sell something, when all I really want to do is give to them.

I understand that my goal can be a tough sell. I’ve tried to put myself in their shoes. It’s their job not to trust and take what folks say at face value. They have to peer through the “spin” that people put on their lives. I noticed that in ride alongs. And one of the jobs of a Police Chief is to look out for the well being of those who serve under them.

And in all likelihood, it isn’t the first declines. I’ve contacted departments and have heard nothing back. I even hand delivered a letter to one location(the chief was out when I went to visit). So I suppose that this isn’t the first. It’s just the first that I actually got to hear the decline. And it questioned my intentions, and character. That I think is what shook me.

It’s my goal that no officer in this state will ever have to wonder if they are appreciated. That no officer on a beat on Christmas morning will wonder if anyone cares if they are out there. That no officer who has a 2 year marriage and a newborn who gets to spend a couple of hours on a holiday with his young family will go to work and wonder why. I don’t expect to change society, though it would be nice.

So today, it’s a minor setback. But I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep asking. As long as there is one officer in this state, I’m going to be there.

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Participating Police and Fire Departments

Here is a list of the 675 agencies that I have contacts for (as of 5/28/2013). If you are a police officer, fire fighter, or EMS Tech from an unlisted department, please contact me and I’ll add your department to my list.

If you know someone in an unlisted department, please have them look at my blog and see if this is something they would be interested in.

To contact me, email my public account doctormikecrain_AT_gmail.com (Replace the _AT_with the @).

Note: I will not publish or provide email addresses for these agencies to anyone who asks. Any information I have is strictly confidential. Some departments have the information posted on a website, and others have given it to me directly. Any request for this information will be ignored to protect the privacy of those who have entrusted me with their contact information.

Note: I have removed the links from this page to make it easier to maintain for me. I hope to put a new page online with links for departments at a later date. In some cases where the types of police (Campus, parks, hospital) were broken out, they will be listed together.

Note(2): For those of you who live in states without “townships”, TWP means “township”.

Present Federal Distribution:
Ranger Departments:Daniel Boone National Forest Rangers

Present Alabama Distribution:
Police Departments: Mobile,Montgomery

Present Alaska Distribution:
Airport Police Departments: Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport
Campus Police:University of Alaska Anchorage
Police Departments: Anchorage, Craig, Kodiak, Kotzebue
State Agencies: Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office
Village Public Safety Officers: Anvik, Chefornak, Kongiganak, Quinhagak

Present California Distribution:
Police Departments:: San Diego

Present Colorado Distribution:
Sheriff’s Departments:: El Paso County

Present Connecticut Distribution:
Police Departments:: Grofton

Present Florida Distribution:
Housing Police Departments: Blue Lightning Protection
Police Departments: Indian Shores, Tampa
County Sheriff’s Offices:Monroe, Okaloosa

Present Hawaii Distribution:
Fire Departments:: Maui

Present Indiana Distribution:
Fire Departments: Batesville, Boone TWP, Bremen, Chandler, Coolspring TWP, Dillsboro, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Wayne, Garrett, Goshen, Greenwood, Jackson Fire Territory, Kendallville, Lafayette, Lafayette TWP, Michiana Shores, Michigan City, Pine Village, Richland TWP,Schererville, South Haven-Portage TWP ,Trafalgar, Westfield-Washington TWP
EMS Departments:Multi-Township EMS, New Castle-Henry County EMS
Police Departments: Albany, Argos, Atlanta, Auburn, Aurora, Beech Grove, Bloomington, Bluffton, Carmel, Chandler, Chesterton, Clear Lake, Cumberland, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Branch, Fortville, Fountain City,Franklin, Gary, Greencastle, Greenfield, Highland, Indianapolis, Lapel, Lawrence, Madison, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Nappanee, New Castle, Noblesville, North Manchester, Pittsboro, Richmond, Schererville, Swayzee, Union City, West Lafayette, Westport, Whitestown, Zionsville
County Sheriff’s Offices: Boone, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Jennings, Lagrange, Lawrence, Monroe, Montgomery, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash
Schools: Ball State University
State Agency: Indiana State Police District 51

Present Kentucky Distribution:
EMS/Fire Departments: Albany, Bagdad, Ballard County EMS, Belleview Mcville, Blackwater (Ezel), Brindle Ridge, Burna, Caneyville, Clay City, Corbin, Covington, Crescent Springs, Eastwood, Elizabethtown, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Glasgow, Hardinsburg, Hazard, Hebron, Knottsville, Lancaster, Lyndon, Menifee County, Middlefork, Paducah, Radcliff, Russell County EMS, Russellville Rural, Salt Lick, Salyersville, Shelby County EMS, Stanton, Union, Versailles, Villa Hills, Wolfe County, Worthington
Police Departments: Alexandria, Barbourville, Bellevue, Bowling Green, Burgin, Burnside, Campbell County, Caneyville, Clay City, Dayton, Erlanger, Flemingsburg, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas, Frankfort, Glasgow, Hazard, Henderson, Hillview, Hopkinsville, Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police, Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Louisville Metro, Madisonville, Morehead, Owingsville, Peewee Valley, Ravenna, Russellville, Salyersville, Somerset, Stanton, Taylor Mill, Villa Hills,Versailles, West Liberty, Williamsburg, Worthington
County Sheriff’s Offices: Bath, Bullitt, Calloway, Clark, Daviess, Elliott, Franklin, Fulton, Hardin, Kenton, Lewis, Madison, Magoffin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, Rowan, Shelby, Trigg, Warren
Schools: Montgomery County School Police, Morehead State University Police, Transylvania University
State Agencies: Kentucky State Patrol
Constables: Greenup County Constable, Jefferson County Constable District 3
Airports: Bluegrass Airport, Cincinnati/Northern KY
Jails: Daviess County

Present Massachusetts Distribution:
Police Departments: Worcester

Present Michigan Distribution:
Fire Departments: Riverview
Police Departments: Livonia

Present Mississippi Distribution:
Police Departments: Biloxi, Gulfport

Present Missouri Distribution:
Police Departments: Branson
State Agencies: Missouri State Highway Patrol

Present Montana Distribution:
State Agencies: Montana State Highway Patrol

Present North Carolina Distribution:
Police Departments:Nags Head, Wilmington

Present Ohio Distribution:
EMS/Fire Departments: Albany , Bedford Heights, Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Bethel TWP, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Brookville, Butler TWP, Carrollton , Cedarville TWP , Central Joint Fire And EMS District, Chickasaw Community Mutual Fire Company, Chippewa TWP, Circleville, Clayton, Cleveland Heights, Colerain TWP, Copley, Cridersville, Crosby TWP, Dayton, Decatur Inc, Deer Park-Silverton, Deerfield TWP (Ross), Deerfield TWP (Warren), Delaware County EMS, Eaton, Englewood, Euclid, Fairborn, Farmersville, Fletcher , Forest Park, Franklin, Franklin TWP, Geneva, Grandview Heights, Green Springs, Greenville, Harrison TWP (Montgomery), Harrison TWP (Ross), Huber Heights, Jackson County EMS, Jackson, Jefferson TWP Bellville, Kenton, Kettering, Kinsman , Lafayette-Jackson TWP, Lagrange, Lewisburg, Liberty TWP, Liberty TWP-Powell, Lockland, London, Lowellville, Madison, Madison TWP (Franklin), Madison TWP (Richland), Mansfield, Marysville, Mason, Miami TWP (Clermont), Miami TWP (Montgomery), Miamisburg, Middletown, Mifflin TWP, Monroe Twp-Lucas, Mount Healthy, Nelsonville, Newark, North College Hill, Northwest Ambulance District, Oxford, Painesville, Pierce TWP Fire And Life Squad, Pike County EMS, Pleasant TWP (Fairfield), Pleasant TWP (Franklin), Plymouth, Port Clinton, Prairie TWP, Ravenna TWP, Reily TWP, Riverside, Roseville , Rossford, Saint Bernard, Saint Marys, Saybrook TWP, Shelby, Sherrodsville EMS, Sidney, Solon, South Amherst, South Euclid, Springdale, Springfield TWP (Hamilton), Springfield TWP (Richland), Sugarcreek TWP, Sylvania TWP, Terrace Park, Trenton, Troy, Troy TWP, Truro TWP, Union, Wapakoneta, Washington TWP (Montgomery), Washington TWP (Richland), Wayne TWP (Auglaize), Wayne TWP(Warren), Wayne Twp-Duncan Falls, West Carrollton, West Chester, West Milton, Western Reserve Joint Fire District(Poland), Westerville, Whitehall, Windsor TWP, Worthington, Worthington TWP, Wyoming, Xenia TWP

Police Departments: Ada, Adena Health System, Addyston, Akron, Amberley Village, Andover, Ansonia, Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, Arcanum, Ashland University , Ashtabula, Avon Lake, Baltimore, Barberton, Beach City, Beachwood, Beaver, Beavercreek, Bedford , Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Bellville, Berea, Boardman, Bowling Green, Brice, Buckland, Butler, Butler TWP, Camden, Campbell, Capital University, Carey, Celina, Centerville, Central State University, Chardon, Chester TWP, Cheviot, Childrens Medical Center, Cincinnati, Cincinnati State College , Circleville, Clark County Park District Rangers, Clay Center, Clay TWP (Montgomery), Clay TWP (Ottawa), Clayton, Clearcreek TWP, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, Cleveland, Cleves, Clinton TWP, Clyde, Coldwater, Colerain TWP, Columbus Airport Authority, Columbus, Columbus State Community College, Conneaut, Covington, Cridersville, Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Danville, Dayton Drug Task Force, Dayton International Airport, Dayton, Deer Park, Delaware County Park Rangers, Delaware, Delhi TWP, Delphos, Donnelsville, Dover, Dublin, Eastlake, Eaton, Elyria, Englewood, Enon, Fairborn, Fairfield, Fairfield TWP (Butler Co), Fairport Harbor, Fairview Park, Five Rivers Metropark Rangers, Forest Park, Fort Shawnee, Franklin, Galion, Garrettsville, Genoa TWP, German TWP(Clark), German TWP (Montgomery), Germantown, Grandview Heights, Grandview Medical Center, Granville, Greenville, Groveport, Hamilton County Park District Rangers, Hamilton, Hamilton TWP, Hebron, Hilliard, Hinckley, Hiram, Huber Heights, Jackson Center, Jackson TWP (Montgomery), Jackson TWP (Stark), Jamestown, Junction City, Kalida, Kent, Kettering Medical Network Hospital, Kettering, Kinsman TWP, Kipton, Kirtland, Lebanon, Leipsic, Lewisburg, Lexington, Liberty TWP, Licking Memorial Hospital, Lima, Lincoln Heights, Lodi, Lorain County MetroPark Rangers, Lorain, Loudonville, Lyndhurst, Maderia, Madison TWP (Franklin), Mansfield, Marion, Marlboro TWP, Mason, Mayfield, Medina County Park District Rangers, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Mercy Health Partners Public Safety, Miami TWP (Montgomery), Miami University, Miamisburg, Middlefield, Middletown, Mifflin TWP, Milford, Minster, Monroe, Montgomery, Moraine, Moreland Hills, Mount Orab, Napoleon, Navarre, New Bremen, New Franklin, New Knoxville, New Lebanon, New Milddletown, New Paris, Newark, Newton Falls, Newtown, Niles, North Canton, North College Hill, North Hampton, Notre Dame College, Norwalk, Oakwood Public Safety Department, Oberlin, Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Olmsted Falls, Ontario, Ostrander, Owens Community College, Oxford, Pandora, Pataskala, Perry TWP (Montgomery), Phillipsburg, Pickerington, Pierce TWP, Piqua, Plain City, Plymouth, Powell, Reading, Rittman, Riverside, Rossford, Sabina, Saint Bernard, Saint Louisville, Saint Marys, Sandusky, Shaker Heights, Sharonville, Shelby, Sinclair Community College, South Charleston, South Euclid, Southwest General, Spencer, Springboro, Springdale, Springfield, Springfield TWP (Hamilton), Springfield TWP (Mahoning), Stark County Park District, Stow, Strasburg, Sugarcreek TWP, Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Sylvania, Terrace Park, Tiffin, Tipp City, Toledo, Trotwood, Uhrichsville, Union City, Union, Union TWP (Clermont), University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Urbana, Vandalia, Versailles, Walton Hills, Wapakoneta, Washington TWP (Lucas), Waterville, Waynesfield, Wellington, West Carrollton, West Chester, West Lafayette, West Milton, Westerville, Whitehall, Whitehouse, Williamsburg, Willoughby Hills, Willoughby, Willowick, Wilmington, Wittenberg University, Wooster, Wright State University, Xenia Division, Yellow Springs
County Sheriff’s Offices: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Knox, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Ottawa, Pike, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Scioto, Seneca, Summit, Union, Warren, Wayne, Wyandot

Present Oklahoma Distribution:
Police Departments: Catoosa

Present South Carolina Distribution:
Police Departments: Horry County, Myrtle Beach

Present Texas Distribution:
County Constable’s: Brazos
Fire Departments: Atascocita
Police Departments: Austin
Sheriff’s Departments: Harris
State Agencies: Texas Highway Patrol

Present Utah Distribution:
Police Departments: Centerville

Present Virgin Islands Distribution:
Police Departments: Virgin Islands Police Department

Present Virginia Distribution:
Sheriff’s Offices: Virginia Beach Sheriff
State Agencies: Virginia State Police

Present Washington Distribution:
Sheriff’s Offices: Lewis

Present West Virginia Distribution:
Fire Departments: Glasgow, Granville, Pipestem, Ripley, Tornado, Wharncliffe, Williamson
Police Departments: Bridgeport, Charleston, Clendenin, Cordova, Martinsburg, Moorefield City, Philippi, Ranson, Ripley, Shepherdstown, Shinnston, Vienna, Wardensville, Wheeling
Sheriff’s Offices: Barbour, Cabell, Hardy, Mercer, Morgan, Ritchie
State Agencies: Division of Natural Resources

FAQ – Who are you?

I’ve decided to update my blog with details and some of the questions I’ve been asked.

Q. Why are you contacting me?
A. I have found your email address on a police or city/county website, or it was given to my my another police or fire department.

Q. What is your goal?
A. It’s my personal goal that no law enforcement officer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana or Hawaii will ever come to a holiday and not know that that are appreciated and honored by someone. I want them to know that someone cares that they are out there.

Additionally, I try to cover Fire departments in Ohio.

You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. What are you doing?
A. I perform 3 functions:

1. Send holiday greetings to get forwarded or posted for the police officers to see. The regular emails are only sent for Police Week, July 4, September 11, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
2. In the event of injury, I would know who to contact and either send my get well wishes, or make a hospital visit.
3. Should an officer give the supreme sacrifice, I would have a contact that I could inquire about visitation and give the family and the department my condolences when possible.

Q. What is your attachment to Ohio and Kentucky?
A. I currently live in Ohio. I was raised in Kentucky and most of my family still live there.

Q. Is this SPAM? What do you do with the email addresses? Is this coming from an automated system?

A. This is not SPAM. I keep the addresses on an Excel spreadsheet that is password protected. When I send out a message, I open up my Outlook, type the message, and get the email addresses from that sheet. Under no circumstance have I or will I give any information out to anyone that I receive.

Q. What do you need?
A. I need one Point of contact in each police department. I do not need individual email addresses. I want to respect each officers privacy as much as possible. You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. A member of my department is in the hospital. Would you visit them?
A. I will try my best to visit any hospitalized hero I know about. All I need is a the hospital and room number. If you have talk to a family member to get permission, that would be good also. I don’t want to intrude if the family wants private time or does not want to receive visitors.

Q. A member of my department was killed in the Line of Duty. Would you go to the funeral or viewing?
A. It would be an honor to pay my respects to a hero killed in the Line of Duty. Sometimes due to work/family schedules it may not be possible. Contact me with the details and I’ll do my best to make it.

Q. A member of my department passed away from non-duty injuries. Would you go to the funeral or viewing?
A. It would be an honor to pay my final respects to any hero. Sometimes due to work/family schedules it may not be possible. Contact me with the details and I’ll do my best to make it.

Q. What started this?
A. This began while I was thinking on the events of 9/11 in 2008. One of the last “moment of silence” was for the fire fighter that was the last survivor removed. I realized that we should be extremely grateful for our law enforcement and fire crews. When I called my local department (Huber Heights, OH) on 9/11 and asked if they could let the officers know my appreciation for them and I was informed that they had not had that request in over 14 years. So that’s where it started.

Q. How long have you been doing this?
A. I have been doing this in Southwestern Ohio since Thanksgiving 2008.

Q. How can my department get added?
A. If you received an email from me, just reply to confirm what email address you want me to use. If you have not, email me: doctormikecrain(replace this with the “at sign”)gmail.com.

Q. I’m part of a fire department that is outside your radius. Could you still add us?
A. Absolutely. Fire Departments are larger in quantity and a little harder to reach, that is why I set the limit. It is a time restraint for me to do large quantities of research. Just contact me (see above).

Q. I’m from a fire/police department in another state. Could you still add us?
A. Absolutely. Due to time constraints and information availability I can’t try to contact each PD/FD in the US. Just email me at doctormikecrain(replace this with the “at sign”)gmail.com and I’ll add you.

Q. Can any one reply to the holiday emails?
A. Yes. Any one can reply. Any reply to me is strictly confidential. I gladly read and respond to each email I get from officers and fire fighters.

Q. I received an email from you about a Line of Duty death. Where do you get your information?
A. I received a notification from the Officer Down page. I looked up your department’s web page and sent an email to the listed contact.

Q. Are you/have you been a police officer or fire fighter?
A. No.

Q. Do you have officers/fire fighters in your family?
A. My cousin is a volunteer firefighter in Menifee County, KY, and a third cousin works for the Sheriff’s department.

Q. I’m in Indiana (or another state). Why was I contacted?
A. I covered a small area of Eastern Indiana that was within the 75 mile radius of my house. Also I have accidentally contacted departments in other states when I was looking for smaller towns (I contacted Centerville , UT instead of Centerville, IN). I visited Hawaii in 2002 on my honeymoon, so I have contacted those departments.

Q. Who are you?
A. My name is Dr. Michael A. Crain. I was awarded my Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in 2008. I was born and raised in Mariba (Menifee County) Kentucky. After graduating High School in 1994, I joined the United States Air Force. I served four years and got out in 1999. I’ve been a resident of Ohio ever since. I’ve lived in Moraine, Dayton, and now Huber Heights. I am married with four children. I work at PNC Mortgage in Miamisburg, OH.

Q. Are you on a social networking site?
A. Yes. I’m on Facebook, PoliceLink, FireLink and LinkedIn.

Q. Are you available for ride alongs or meetings?
A. As time and distance permits I will do either. I have 40 ride-alongs under my belt. and have had great experiences on ride alongs with various departments in my area.

Q. How can I help?
A. Spread the word to other police and fire departments that I do not have contacts for. You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. Why do you care about us?
A. This is a tough question to answer with a short answer. I think that everyone should. I think you should never have to pay for a meal in uniform. I think that complaints should be far out-numbered by the praise you receive. So 9/11/2008 I just wanted to say thanks. After I contacted my local police department to express appreciation, I found that appreciation for first responders isn’t shown very often. I’ve found that the more I give, the more I want to give. Local efforts became state-wide efforts, then included Kentucky and parts of Indiana. As I ride with officers, or read various articles, my desire to support you becomes greater. Then after Citizen’s Police Academy session at the Huber Heights Police Division where Law Enforcement suicide was mentioned, I wanted to do even more. When I hear about struggles that departments hare having with the community, I want to stand there beside you. I celebrate when you celebrate, hurt when you hurt, grieve when you grieve.

I care because a moment in time, God placed one thought inside my heart, and that has changed my life completely. The conversations I have, the people I meet, and the emails I’ve receive continue to inspire me far more than I ever imagined.

I care because you do.

What is up with Mike and police? – From Facebook

Some of you have wondered and some of you have asked me. What are the postings? Are you an officer? What’s the importance of it? Why do you do it?

First, I’m not an officer, nor was I ever one. I just appreciate them. It all started on 9/11. While I was thinking on the events of 9/11, it made me consider how thankful that we should be for our local police and fire crews. I called my local Police Department (Huber Heights) on 9/11 to ask them to let the on-duty officers and fire fighters know that they were appreciated. I was informed that they had not had that request in over 14 years. An unsolicited act of kindness. So I have made it a personal goal of mine that no officer or fire fighter in my area will ever work through a holiday and not know that that are appreciated by someone. I want to make sure that every hero in my area knows that they are honored. I’ve been establishing contacts in police and fire departments within 75 miles of me. I send them emails on the holidays, and when there is an accident, I pray. And when it’s close enough, I’ll visit at the hospital. And I’ve been to a viewing and a funeral.

Some of the postings you see are from the Officer Down memorial pages . It’s my small tribute to fallen heroes. They deserve much better, but it’s what I can give. Most of those I have contacted the department to pass my condolences to the family and the department. In these situations most people forget that the department has lost a brother/sister.

Now, the big question, Why. Like I said before, I want to be there for those who are there for me. For those people who a majority of the time are cursed because they hand out speeding tickets. I wanted to let them know that there are people who truly support them. Who care about them. Who are concerned with their struggles. But basically, to me, it started as something that God has for me to do. But now, I enjoy it. Nothing like riding shotgun (no pun intended – and for those who know of my skills, I did not hold or touch a gun!) in a Police Cruiser. It brings joy to me to know that I make someone a little happier, or help give them some comfort in their grief. That’s a portion of why I do it.