BLOOMFIELD -- A local lawman is calling for back-up, seeking assistance as he begins an effort to help Greene County families in need cover their medical costs.
"I am in the process of starting a new fundraising adventure," said Bloomfield Police Lt. Harvey Holt.
"At the end of the year we collectively will choose one or two families and pay some the medical bills that have accumulated throughout the year for families with children affected by injury or illness."
Holt knows organizing the effort, called "Badges for Bandages" will take help, and incorporate fundraising efforts throughout the county by police, fire and rescue workers.
"If any police, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or firefighter friends of mine want to help get this organized, let me know. There is a lot more that goes into this than I thought when I started to plan."
However, Holt's not just limiting the effort to emergency workers, police and firefighters. He knows raising funds in a tough economy will take shared expertise.
"When this gets going, I could use all the help I can get," he said. "This is not just a law enforcement or fire department thing. This is a Greene County team effort that is desperately needed for families struggling."
The lieutenant's already got one family in mind.
"The bills are piling up and this person doesn't ask for help. She does give everything she has to strangers and assists people going through rough times of their own."
Early stages of the planning call for a chili supper as a first fundraiser in December. The date, time and venue have not yet been announced.
"We will need some people that know how to cook large quantities," Holt said. "I will get the supplies we need somehow."
Holt also hopes to enlist an assist in designing some clothing to highlight the effort.
"I am also trying to design a shirt and have some ideas. I need an artist who will donate their services to draw the logo and back art," he said.
Holt's brother Marvin, a fellow Bloomfield policeman, is also a DJ and may perform at the chili supper.
"I am also trying to get businesses and members of the community to donate items for a silent auction," Harvey Holt said.
The police lieutenant can be reached through leaving a message with the Bloomfield Police Department at (812) 384-4114. Further details are expected soon on the emerging effort.