Spaghetti dinner raises money for police officer’s family

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio (WKBN) – No matter the location, time of day, or weather outside, the Valley continues to support the family of Sergeant Brian Newhard.

The former Jackson Township and Mill Creek Park Police officer died from ALS last month.

After state troopers hosted a 5-K at the Canfield Fairgrounds on Saturday, a spaghetti dinner was held Sunday to benefit the family at Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine. The event included Chinese and Silent auctions along with 50/50 and gun raffles.

“Brian is not here with us today, which we never believed was going to be the case,” Jackson Police Chief Greg Taillon said.

He said having the community come out and be part of this event was a tremendous support.

“That we have, not just Jackson Township, but all the other surrounding areas and communities…This story has just touched everyone’s heart, and they have certainly been extremely generous and supportive,” Taillon said.

“Brian told me once that, ‘A true act of kindness is just simply given to somebody knowing that you’ll never be able to repay, or just you can never thank them enough,’ ” Brian’s wife, Jenny, said.

If you wish to make a donation to help the Newhard family, checks can be made out to “The Newhard Family Trust” and mailed to the Jackson Police Department.

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