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Sacred Heart students say thank you to law enforcement officials

| January 13, 2020

Sacred Heart Elementary students celebrated National Law Enforcement Day with several deputies and a highway patrolman who came to the school on Jan. 9 to share about their careers. Cards were made by the students and gifts were presented to the special guest speakers. Josie Sellers | Beacon

Ohio State Highway Patrolman Lucas Jacobs (center) is pictured with his daughter Addison, her preschool class, and teacher Georgina Rivera at Sacred Heart School. Jacobs was one of four law enforcement officials who came to the school on Jan. 9 in honor of National Law Enforcement Day. He was joined by the Coshocton County Sheriff Office’s Lt. Chip Udischas, Deputy Kevin Cichon, Deputy Steven Mox, and K-9 Chili. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Sacred Heart Elementary students celebrated National Law Enforcement Day with several deputies and a highway patrolman who came to the school on Jan. 9 to share about their careers.

Lt. Chip Udischas explained to the students that no matter their title, the law enforcement officers are all here to serve the community.

“Our jobs are to protect everyone in the community,” he said.

Udischas works in corrections. He reminded the students that people aren’t just put in jail to be punished for their mistakes. The goal is to also try and help them so they come out a better person and they are able to overcome the problem that landed them in jail.

Ohio State Highway Patrolman Lucas Jacobs then explained his job to the students.

“I primarily investigate crashes and help make sure the roadways are safe as you travel them throughout the state of Ohio,” he said.

Deputy Kevin Cichon then explained to the students that as the litter officer he travels around the community to make sure it is clean and people aren’t illegally dumping trash.

“We want to make sure you have places to play and that they are kept clean,” he told the students.

The last law enforcement official to present was Deputy Steven Mox who brought along his K-9 partner Chili.

“In my opinion I have the most fun job at the sheriff’s office,” Mox said.

He shared with the students that Chili’s sense of smell is much stronger than a humans.

“We can go into a room and smell pizza, but he will smell each individual ingredient,” Mox said.

Chili is trained in narcotics, tracking, suspect apprehension, and article and building search. He goes to work every day with Mox and they spend one day a week focused just on training. With the help of Udischas and Jacobs and a protective bite sleeve, Mox was able to demonstrate how he and Chili work together to apprehend a suspect.

“The ultimate goal for all of us is to protect you guys and the public,” Mox said.

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Josie Sellers

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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