Goshen Police District officers deserve praise

It seems law enforcement officers nationwide absorb unrelenting beat downs from politicized social media and so-called objective agenda-driven news “sources” which aren’t that at all. You know: purveyors of tilted and purely subjective so-called news. Close to phony if not outright fake. Those involved seem determined to constantly come up with ways to attack the police. Cops nowadays wear badges on their chests and bull’s eyes on their backs.

Though certainly not at the level of national attacks, we sometimes hear someone grousing about our local cops now and again. Usually it is someone who got arrested for breaking the law. While busy putting down the cops, they seem to forget the part about breaking a law in the first place.

Around here, we are fortunate. We have so many law enforcement officers performing good deeds on a daily basis. As your community news leader, we strive to acknowledge such acts.

Here is a grand example:

 Officer Isaiah Thomas is midnight shift officer with the Goshen Police. He has been with the department since 2013. Sgt. Troy Mackall is the department’s midnight shift supervisor. A military veteran, he has been with the Goshen Police District since 2012.

Both officers grew up locally and are married with children. Good family men, we are told, who carry solid values.

Now we all know how bad the weather has been around here. Today is a very extreme case but we actually have had our fair share of lousy weather since the beginning of the year. Last Friday it was 20 degrees out. Roads were slick. It was blowing very hard — a 9 degrees wind chill.

While working his shift, Officer Thomas responded to the area of U.S. Route 62 near Seacrist Road at 12:51 a.m. in reference to a person in dark clothing walking. Not only was the cold a factor, but walking along a dark roadway at that time of night while wearing dark clothes was outright dangerous. Car-pedestrian fatalities do occur. They have happened around here.

The 20-year-old man was found to be homeless. He was trying to find a shelter. He heard one could be found in Alliance. He was very cold and a ways away from any kind of protection from the elements.

Officer Thomas placed the man in his warm cruiser. He then tried to find shelter to no avail in Alliance, Salem and Youngstown. He tried a local motel. But it was full. He made contact with all the local motels and hotels and, according to his report, they were not able to help within or close to the department’s jurisdiction.

Officer Thomas was undeterred. A passing Ohio State Highway Patrol officer assisted in tracking down an inn that could help. The Skylight Inn in North Lima had rooms available. Officer Thomas contacted his sergeant. He was granted clearance to take the homeless man up to the inn on Market Street in North Lima.

Now, here comes the best part: Officer Thomas and Sgt. Mackall split the cost of the room out of their own pockets. The homeless man had a warm bed and a place to stay out of the weather. The assumption is that some people would have footed the bill. It would have been the decent thing to do. But some wouldn’t have. And they would not have gone the distance, literally and figuratively, that Officer Thomas did in finally finding a shelter.

We have never met Goshen Police officers Thomas and Mackall. But if we did and were in a bad fix, we take comfort in knowing that they would do what they could to help out. We feel a public commendation is in order. Thank you, sirs, for being sterling examples of the fine, value-driven law enforcement officers we have protecting and serving all of us. Even if some — in this turbulent age of hatred and hostilities — absolutely refuse to believe that.