GRANGER TWP. — Six years ago, a middle school student started an event that would serve to pay respect to law enforcement officers in the area.
On Friday, Trevor Satterwaite, who just finished his final year at Medina High School, spearheaded Sea of Youth for the last time.
“I was in Cleveland attending a really similar rally called Sea of Blue and I got the inspiration but I didn’t really see a lot of kids there,” he said. “I decided to start a branch off organization that was more centered around youth.”
Medina Auditor Mike Kovack served as the master of ceremonies for the event, choirs from schools across the county performed along with the Celtic Eagle Band and officials and students from across the county spoke and the role relationship building plays in law enforcement.
Bailey Lavery, a sophomore at Cloverleaf High School, was raised by a mother, a father, and a stepmother who were all involved in law enforcement. She spoke on what it was like to be raised by them and how they impacted her life.
“Every young child is told that if they’re in danger, call 911,” Lavery said. “As for me, I was not only taught that, but I was taught that if Mom and Dad don’t come home after work that they are OK and not to worry because they are in a safe place. I never really knew what that meant at 5 years old, but now I know that it was their way of telling me the risks they were taking leaving the house every day to go to work.”
Officers from across the county were at Highland High School to see how the community appreciates them.
“Our jobs are made easier by the appreciation that we receive from our communities and our cities,” Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said. “The vast majority of people in Medina County are likeminded in their expectations for law enforcement and because of that, it’s easier for us to do our jobs. You need the family support being an officer, but if you have community support, you’ve won the battle.”
Friday was the last time Satterwaite hosted and planned the event; he will soon graduate and head off to college. However, he hopes to pass on the tradition.
“I hope that someone will pick up the torch I left behind and continue this when I’m gone,” Satterwaite said.