The Keeping Our Girls Safe (KOGS) nonprofit organization has created a new community outreach program. Nikki Kolasinski, a co-founder of KOGS, said that KOGS has created a new peer to peer critical incident response team serving our four county area with a program named Honoring Good Deeds.
This program and team were created to continue to honor Sierah Joughin’s legacy. This team responds to critical incidents within the community to offer peer support and assistance to our community first responders and their families — EMS, fire, police, schools/teachers, sheriff, and hospitals.
Kolasinski stated that “if it were not for all the volunteers and first responders who helped during a very critical time for our families, Sierah may have never been brought home and her violent offender never put behind bars. KOGS mission has always been to give back to our community and we believe this new program continues to do exactly that.”
Initial training for the team was held in September 2021. This was made possible from a grant received in the amount of $3,500 from the Western Critical Response Team Trainers. Members of the team completed 24 hours of intensive training for their certification.
This highly trained team is made up of volunteers who represented their respective departments from Archbold and Fayette Fire Departments; Edon Police Department; Metamora and Lyons Fire Departments; Williams County EMS; and Williams County Sheriff’s Department.
There will be a second training held this August to add additional team members. This training will be made possible by another gracious donation received in the amount of $3,500 from the Captain Custar Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #181 in Bryan.
The Four County Community Crisis & Peer Support Team is registered with the State of Ohio Fraternal Order of Police — the governing body for such a team in Ohio. The team’s training is certified through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
If you wish to know more about how to request the services of the Four County Community Crisis & Peer Support Team or regarding the Honoring Good Deeds Program & Training, contact Bob and Nikki Kolasinski, Team Coordinators at (419) 388-3548 or [email protected]