Motorcycles and Odd Rods gathered in Oelwein on Saturday, July 19th for the 9th annual Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run. As they cruised throughout NE Iowa, not only did they enjoy the sights and stops along the way, but the satisfaction of knowing they were raising money to help save children. Oelwein Police Officer Brandon DeJong has organized the Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run for the last 9 years, raising money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This year, the group raised $600 which will help continue the hospitals lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. For more information or to donate to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, visit their website at www.stjude.org. The Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run starts and ends in Oelwein each year and anyone is invited to participate.
The Oelwein Police Dept. teamed up with the Iowa DNR and hosted a free Hunter Education class on July 15th & 16th, 2014 at the new Oelwein Police Dept. Hunter education is a mandatory program for anyone born after January 1, 1972 and is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.
Oelwein Officer Bentley (left) and Lt. Paul (right) were just a few of the instructors at the Hunter Safety Class 2014
Lt. Paul (left) and Officer Bentley (right) took the students to the range as part of the Hunter Safety Class 2014
Oelwein Officer Ted Phillips (pictured above on the right) presents $1200 to Randy Myott for the Oelwein Youth Football League.
Last October Oelwein Officer Phillips organized a Haunted House at the old library here in Oelwein to raise money for the Oelwein Youth Football League. The one night event was a big success, raising $1200 for the league. Randy Myott accepted the donation for the football league on April 28th, 2014 to use for the up-coming season. Officer Phillips is planning on organizing another Haunted House this October.
The Oelwein Police Department is offering a free Hunter Education class on July 15th & 16th, 2014 at the Oelwein Police Department (501 Rock Island Rd). Hunter education is a mandatory program for anyone born after January 1, 1972 and is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.
After you register for the class, you will need to pick up your books at the Oelwein Police Department (501 Rock Island Rd) one week prior to the class. All chapter reviews must be completed in the books prior to July 15th. Please bring a sack lunch for both days.
Oelwein Officer Brandon DeJong taught A.L.I.C.E. training to a class at Upper Iowa University in Fayette on April 2nd, 2014.
A.L.I.C.E. (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) training teaches people to help prepare and strategize for an active shooter situation.
Thanks to all who came and donated!
The Oelwein Fire Department won the "Battle of the Badges" Blood Drive 2014.
Final score was Fire Dept 37, Police Dept 21.
First Baptist Church Receive Medal and Cookin Up Cash 2014 Announced
Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan presented the First Baptist Church with the Citizen Service Medal for 2013, on Sunday, February 23rd. The Citizen Service Medal is presented to any citizen, not employed by the Oelwein Police Department, who significantly assists the Oelwein Police Department and its members with accomplishing the department’s mission.
The First Baptist Church has significantly assisted the Oelwein Police Department by hosting the annual Cookin’ Up Cash 4 Cops police fundraiser. Not only has the fundraiser helped raise money for the department to purchase equipment and life-saving tools, but they have created a wonderful event that helps the Oelwein Police staff interact with the community in a positive atmosphere. “The members of the First Baptist Church continuously provide financial and moral support to the employees of our department. Their faith and trust in us empowers us to work towards our mission” stated Chief Jeremy Logan. “These great people not only assist us with the annual fundraiser, but they year round provide us with kinds words and encouragement.”
The First Baptist Church announced they will once again host the Cookin Up Cash 4 Cops police fundraiser on Thursday, May 15th, 2014. More information will be announced as the date approaches.
The City of Oelwein residents are urged to take precautions during extreme cold conditions. Colder than normal temperatures and wind chills are predicted for Oelwein during the next 24 – 72 hours. The City of Oelwein wants its residents to know that precautions should be taken and proactive measures are being taken by the city to ensure the safety of its residents. An Emergency Warming Center will be open for the public’s use.
Emergency Warming Center
Location: Oelwein Fire Department 200 West Charles St. Oelwein, IA 50662
Open- Sunday January 5th, 2014 at 8:00 am. People must first check in at the Oelwein Police Department prior to going to the Emergency Warming Center.
If you are unable to make it to the center under your own power and are in danger please contact the Oelwein Police Department at 319-283-4311 for assistance.
For further information concerning this center please call 319-283-4311.
The City of Oelwein reminds every one of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:
• Dress warmly, and in layers, even if you are just making a short trip to the mailbox.
• Dress warmly even when you are inside—especially if you do not move a lot.
• The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
• The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
• Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
• Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Symptoms of frostbite can include loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech. In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin and low energy.
• Check your car emergency kit and replace any items that are broken or are unsafe to use.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
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