Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 870 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Alarms-46, Car/Deer Accidents-20, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-35, Check Well-Beings-43, Domestic Disputes-18, Shoplifting Complaints-25, Larcenies-13, Civil Complaints-18, Property Damage Hit & Run-7, 10-Disorderly Person or Subject-10, Property Damage Crashes-12, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-56, Traffic Hazards-82, Traffic Stops-143, Traffic Violations-43, and Vacation Checks-2.
With the pandemic we have all had to live and adjust through, it has been a few weeks since I have written. I wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU. There are so many citizens, organizations, and businesses that have expressed their thanks to myself and the men and women of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office through their contributions, cards and letters, kind words and praises, that I hope I don’t leave anyone out.
This pandemic has affected our lives in so many different ways, yet many of you have taken a moment out of your day to come up to a Deputy and thank them for what they are doing. These acts are very much appreciated and are passed on to other Deputies in the Sheriff’s Office.
Meals have been donated by many area restaurants – Chipotle, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabas, Chuck E. Cheese, Jet’s Pizza in Lansing and Charlotte, Little Caesers in Charlotte, MorningLori Café and Bakery in Dimondale. Not to mention the citizens who have brought in snacks and food to the Deputies on shift. The following businesses have donated disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves – Lowes, Home Depot, Meijer in Lansing and Charlotte, Wal-Mart in Delta Township.
Citizens confined to their homes have used the time to make face masks when the demand greatly outweighed the supply, brought them to the Sheriff’s Office, and graciously offered to make us more when we needed them.
We have gotten cards and letters from many people thanking us for our selfless service, for doing a Drive-By Birthday Parade for a child who couldn’t have a birthday party, for delivering much needed food and medication to our elderly citizens who do not have a neighbor or family support system, and for on checking area businesses who have had to temporarily close.
I don’t want to forget the many signs displayed in people’s yards and windows expressing their thanks and appreciation for our service. They truly provide us with a bright spot in our day.
The past few months have been difficult and riddled with adjustments for all of us in ways we never could have imagined, yet we have all been brought closer together, our hearts grew larger and our compassion for our neighbors, friends, and elderly grew greater. That’s what Eaton County citizens do.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich