Henderson County Sheriff’s office launches safety program

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Chirsty Potts and Lindsey Higgins from The Barn at Fairview Acres flank Henderson County Sheriff Donald Seitz, center, as he holds a safety vest purchased with money donated by Potts and Higgins.

OQUAWKA, Ill. — The Henderson County Sheriff’s office is launching a campaign to provide free reflective high-visibility vests to citizens.

The Safety First Campaign was made possible by a donation made to support local law enforcement from Christy and Dan Potts from The Barn at Fairview Acres of Biggsville, Illinois.

With COVID-19 preventing the use of public and private gyms and more people exercising outdoors, Henderson County Sheriff Donald Seitz saw a need to provide reflective vests.

The vests are available not only to walkers, runners and cyclists, but also to parents who will walk their children to school or stand with their children at bus stops during the upcoming school year.

Vests can be requested at the sheriff’s office, 113 N. Fourth St., Oquawka, Illinois, by county residents. Vests will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Other area businesses are welcome to donate to the campaign for the purchase of more veests and other upcoming safety materials.