The longest standing neighborhood watch group in Xenia is giving back to Xenia Police Division. On Thursday, October 15, members of the Tomahawk Trail Neighborhood Watch Group, which was formed 28 years ago, presented Xenia Police Division officers who are members of Greene County Regional SWAT Team with a generous donation.
Officer Harold Matheson was assigned to the Tomahawk Trail Neighborhood Watch Group in 1999 and has been with them since that time. He said the group’s members are always doing what they can to help XPD, “they bring in food, and they’re constantly asking us, ‘what do you need?’” Officer Matheson said.
Arthur and Joy Martinelli are captains of the group and approached Officer Matheson recently telling him the group wanted to do something to give back. Officer Matheson, who is a member of the Greene County Regional SWAT Team, shared with them that Xenia SWAT members were in need of new rain gear. “We train when it’s raining,” said Officer Matheson, “we’ve never really had good quality rain gear.”
The Martinellis and the Tomahawk Trail Neighborhood Watch Group went to work, collecting donations from local businesses and organizations. On Thursday, October 15, the group presented Xenia Police with a donation of $4,460. The donation covers the rain gear, which Officer Matheson said is “the highest quality rain gear,” for Xenia SWAT members and four SWAT medics.
The group’s generous donation is an example of the support Xenia Police Division receives from the community, “Our community has really wrapped its arms around us,” said Xenia Police Captain Chris Stutes.