The Medina police receive a DARE car from the South Square collision center
MEDINA, Ohio – Rick Stickland and staff at the South of the Square Collision Center took a badly damaged Nissan Cube and turned it into a DARE car for use by one of the department’s School Resource Officers (SROs) .
The vehicle will currently be used by Officer Raven Ory, who will be the ORS at AI Root Middle School and who works with the DARE program for all fifth graders.
Ory started working with the DARE program during the 2020-2021 school year and plans to continue this role in addition to his ORS role.
“Someone brought it in, there was no insurance,” Stickland said of the car. “He stayed for about a month. I called and spoke to (Police Chief) Ed (Kinney) and asked them if they would be interested, and that’s when I decided to put the new front on the car.
Stickland and the staff fixed the front end and gave the car a new paint job, new rims and tires, checked it for safety and more. The whole process took about 45 days.
“They had a vehicle that had been abandoned on their property and they wanted to convert it to a DARE vehicle so that we could use it for our DARE program,” Kinney said.
He also shared that the South of the Square Collision Center has shown support for the police department in other ways. The DARE car is just the latest move. They have also attached a speed trailer for the department in the past.
“Rick, unsolicited one day, had to come through, saw it was rusty and needed repairs and basically collapsing, and offered to fix it,” Kinney said of the trailer being used. to warn drivers of the speed at which they are going.
“We gladly excepted. He took this fast trailer to his store, and two months later it came out and it was brand new. New batteries, new solar panels, all new metal, new tires, wheels, everything. He looked magnificent.
Mayor Dennis Hanwell also praised South of the Square Collision Center, both for its generosity to the police department and for its reliability as a local business.
“There is a place I trust to pick up my vehicles,” Hanwell said. “My Mustang – I have a Mustang which is very coveted – and every time something needs to be done, it comes back to Rick.”
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