Jake Laird Community Day set for Sept. 10


Indianapolis Police Dept. officer Timothy Jake Laird was killed in the line of duty Aug. 18, 2004. Go honor his memory, his parents established the Jake Laird Memorial Fund, which provides money for local law enforcement agencies in need of new equipment, innovating new programs and assists with officer hardships.

The Westfield Police Dept. will pay tribute to Laird and promote the spirit of community by providing an evening of food and fun for the residents of Westfield.

The annual event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Quaker Park, 17501 Dartown Rd.

“This is a family friendly, community event for people to come out, meet our police officers and, of course, celebrate Jake’s memory,” WPD Chief Joel Rush said.

The evening includes free hot dogs and popcorn, live music and activities, including bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and a K-9 demonstration.

“The dogs are narcotic detection dogs, so they will put on demos showing how they do their jobs,” Rush said.

The entire family can participate in the fun.

“The kids will have their own games and activities,” Rush said. “It’s a really fun day for everyone that attends.”

Officers will display the department’s vehicles, equipment and programs.

“We will showcase everything that we offer the community,” Rush said.

Jake Laird Community Day is sponsored by Laird’s parents, Mike and Debbie Laird.

“They’re Hamilton County residents,” Rush said. “They established the fund after his death and they use the memorial fund to fund the day.”

Music will be performed by Dave Miller and Sam Rowe.

Admission is free.


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