The idea for a reunion of retired Medina County law enforcement officers began with a conversation and then came together on Facebook.
Former Medina County sheriff’s deputy Don Moody said during a talk with fellow retired officer and friend Mike Parsittie, “I said let’s see if we can get 10-15 guys together for a summer get-together in Medina.”
Moody, now of Tennessee, then started a private Facebook group for retired Medina County Law enforcement officers called Retired Blue 62. The group now has 85 members.
“We have been planning this for six months,” he said Tuesday.
Moody, who began his law enforcement career in Medina County in the 1970s, said retired officers and personnel who served as far back as the late 1960s are expected to attend the reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Hollow Camp, 8672 Richman Road, Harrisville Township.
“This is our first time we have ever gotten together like this. We don’t know what to expect,” he said.
A pavilion at Hidden Hollow Camp was made available to the group by Medina County Park District chief ranger David Swinehart, Moody said.
“Some of the guys are going to bring some memorabilia, news articles and photos, things like that,” he said.
Catering (barbecue) will be arranged by Parsittie, a Seville resident, while Moody ordered custom T-shirts and a Retired Blue 52 Banner for the event.
In addition to getting together and reminiscing, the group has found a way to give back to the area’s law enforcement community.
The group will host a raffle during the reunion for a .38-caliber revolver, with proceeds benefiting Bluecoats of Medina County, he said.
“We kind of have a vision that we want to support our local law enforcement and support those guys that are still in the fight up there,” Moody said.
For information on Retired Blue 62, email Moody at email@example.com.