WCPD SWAT Earned Top Awards at International Training Competition

The West Chester Police Department SWAT team recently earned major accolades for its tactical training and professionalism among fellow law enforcement agencies from around the globe. West Chester SWAT received top marks at the 2018 SWAT Round-Up International in Orlando, Florida, taking home the gold for Top Team with Less Than 100 Sworn Members and Top National Team, which goes to the best American team outside of the state of Florida. West Chester SWAT officers finished 15th in the overall points standings among a field of 54 police departments. WestChesterOH.org

New Student Groups Support Veterans

Two new student groups at Lakota’s high schools have found ways to honor local veterans. At Lakota West, the group of 15 students sent hundreds of letters and care packages to active military, as well as gift cards to military families. In observance of Veteran’s Day, the group hosted a breakfast for veterans and their families at Texas Roadhouse, with entertainment by West choir singers. The West group is also planning to support a literacy program of the USO that provides a book to both the person on active duty and his/her child so they might read it together.

At Lakota East, the student group honored Veteran’s Day by inviting veterans and their families to parade down Main Street following a breakfast, video and program that featured performances by the East band and choir. At the school’s fall pep rally, the group presented the first-ever 22 Push-Up Challenge, inviting all student-athletes to do 22 push-ups in honor of the 22 veterans who, on average, commit suicide every day. Later in the year they’ll host  Lakota’s Military Commitment Ceremony. LakotaOnline.com

Netflix Series Features Lakota Family

In our August issue, you read about Plains Junior student Corrine Gogolewski and her service dog, Rory. Corrine and her twin sister, Carly, are featured in a new Netflix series called “Dogs.” They were followed by a production crew for an entire month, showing the family’s journey through receiving, training and welcoming Corrine’s service dog, Rory, into their family. Rory assists Corrine as she suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. Netflix.com

RiskSOURCE CEO Receives Cyber Risk Designation

RiskSOURCE, a Cincinnati insurance and risk management firm based in West Chester, recently announced that CEO Jonathan Theders was awarded the Accredited Cyber Risk Advisor (ACRA) designation by the Beyond Insurance Global Network. The ACRA is a unique type of insurance agent who understands today’s broad range of cyber exposures, regulations and claims facing businesses both nationally and internationally. The ACRA professional designation consists of a fast-paced, deep dive into the complex world of cyber insurance, to train and certify select industry professionals in cyber security best practices. RiskSource.com

Ohio GI Opens in Liberty

Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute (Ohio GI), the most comprehensive private gastroenterology and liver medical practice in the tri-state, now has an endoscopy center and office location in Liberty Township. The new Liberty location celebrated its grand opening this past fall and is accepting new patients. The new endoscopy center is staffed with compassionate professionals, including local Liberty Township resident, Dr. Amit Gajera. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and offers a comfortable waiting area, private pre-procedure areas, multiple procedure rooms and a recovery lounge. Each area is designed to provide patients and their family with a positive, individualized and respectful endoscopy experience. The new location specializes in the detection and treatment of various conditions, including colon polyps and cancer, acid reflux disease, stomach ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and other ailments. OhioGI.com 


Lakota Student Becomes JDRF Youth Ambassador

Alli Chouteau, an eighth grader at Plains Junior, was selected as one of the 2018-2019 Youth Ambassadors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2016, Chouteau has successfully navigated this disease with the help of her family and friends she’s met through JDRF. The Youth Ambassador program was created to empower children with T1D by giving them the opportunity to provide diabetes education to the public while helping JDRF and the Southwest Ohio chapter raise diabetes awareness. Youth Ambassadors like Chouteau represent JDRF in public settings and help steward the mission. For Chouteau, the selection was an honor and she looks forward to raising awareness of the disease—hoping to one day find a cure. JDRF.org/swo