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Five years after an elderly woman was found dead on her porch, a program to keep an eye on senior citizens in Liberty is thriving.
The Liberty Senior Watch Program started five years ago after the death of Mary Rush, 87, who was found dead on her porch. At the time, police drove by Rush’s house instead of checking in on her. Several changes were made in the wake of that incident including lock boxes that have been installed inside homes so if there is a problem, police can get inside easily.
“It was a terrible thing but out of that tragedy came this great program that has turned into a program that other communities are modeling after us now,” said Liberty Township Trustee Jodi Stoyak.
As part of the senior watch, 23 Liberty senior citizens were treated to a breakfast Friday at the West Fork restaurant on Belmont Avenue. The gathering was not only a chance for seniors to socialize but an opportunity to meet the township police officers and firefighters who call them on a daily basis as part of the program.
“The senior watch program is valuable for me because I call in, they check with me,” said MyAyo Harraway.
“It’s nice to know that they are there, that they call me, that I made it through the night,” said Madeline Romeo.
The program also provides smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and informs seniors of other Trumbull County programs available to them.
For more information on the Liberty senior watch program call 330-759-1315 or click here.