Laird Memorial Golf Outing, August 24

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WPD Patrolman Josh Harrell, center, is joined by Noblesville Police officers Craig Pittman (from left), Chris Macey, Brice Swart and Don Heeg. The officers showcased equipment used by the Westfield and Noblesville joint emergency service unit during the third annual Jake Laird Community Appreciation Day in Westfield on August 7. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

The Ninth Annual Jake Laird Memorial Golf Outing will be held August 24 at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. The four-man teams will begin with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The round of golf will include closest to the pin, long drive, and putting contests. The outing also includes special surprise events, dinner, awards, and a live auction after golf.

For more information or to register your group, contact Mike Laird at 842-6338 or mike@thejakelairdmemorialtourney.org.

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The Jake Laird Memorial Fund was created in 2004 by his parents, Mike and Debbie Laird. Laird was a well-respected Indianapolis Police officer who was killed August 18, 2004 when he and other officers responded to numerous 911 calls reporting gunfire on the south side of Indianapolis. Laird’s strong desire to serve the public and his intense loyalty to the police department has created a desire in his parents to continue his dream of public service by developing his memorial fund.

“The mission of the memorial fund is to provide financial contributions to law enforcement agencies for the purchase of new equipment or the institution of new instructional programs, and financial assistance to officers injured in the line of duty,” Mike and Debbie said.

The annual golf tourney is the memorial fund’s only fundraiser each year. What started as an event with 80 golfers in 2004 has grown to more than 300 participants last year. As of January 2012, the Lairds have been able to donate more than $270,000 to various police and firefighter causes throughout the state of Indiana.

“We are absolutely certain this is what Jake would have wanted us to do in his memory,” the Lairds said.

Those interested in making non-golf contributions can mail donations to M & I Bank c/o The Jake Laird Memorial Fund, 7652 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46250.

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