Organization to provide free lunch to police officers

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By Sarah Bennett

A new organization is hosting a free lunch for local law enforcement this Saturday in honor of National Thank a Police Officer Day.

Hardin County Law Enforcement Wives formed this May after the shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, founder Susan Smith said.

The organization includes spouses of officers and deputies from Hardin and LaRue counties as well as the Louisville Metro area, said Smith, whose husband is an officer with Radcliff Police Department. She added several mothers of officers have joined, too.

Since forming, Smith said the organization has assisted law enforcement at local community events, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, they’ll provide a free meal for all on- and off-duty officers at John Hardin High School. The event is not open to the public.

Smith said officers will be provided a hot dog, chips, drink and a dessert. Local businesses also have provided the organization items for door prizes.

In addition to assisting at local events, Smith said the organization’s goal is to shine a positive light on the work of police officers, who often only interact with community members under negative circumstances.

“The community doesn’t see a lot of the work police officers do,” she said.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.