by Lisa Tome
Jennifer Scully's official term as police commissioner in Rising Sun ended last fall.
Her dedication to the town police force and the county's other officers continues.
On Friday morning, Scully, her husband, Tom, and volunteers served up breakfast for police for the second annual Town of Rising Sun Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast.
Scully said that town administrator's Calvin Bonenberger's wife, Terry, was a big help.
"She took up a good portion of the special details," said Scully. There were handmade chocolate badges and signs boasting that items were Rising Sun officer favorites.
The menu included potatoes, sausage, scrapple, bacon, Dearborn ham brought from Michigan by Tom Scully, varieties of eggs, creamed chipped beef, and fruit.
Terry Bonenberger, Mayor Travis Marion and current Police Commissioner Joe Shephard made pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Approximately 30-35 officers turned out.
"We planned for 70. We felt like it would be bigger this year," Scully said. "The community really said 'we want to help. what can we do?'."
Adjustments to the power had to be made in town hall to accommodate the various crock pots and cookers.
"We had to have additional power sources so we didn't trip the breaker," said Scully.
"This may expand beyond town hall next year. I like this. I let Jen sleep in this year," laughed Tom Scully, who got up at 4:30 a.m. to begin making food.
Town resident Chip Slaybaugh's wife, Carol, did her part. She made homemade monkey bread for the officers. "Why wouldn't we do this? The police do so much for us. Let's try to do a little something so we can show our appreciation. That makes sense to me," said Chip Slaybaugh.
North East police chief Darrell Hamilton brought two officers to the event.
It was delicious last year," said Chief Hamilton, as he lined up for food. "This provides us with camaraderie and a chance for networking with each other," said Hamilton, who also said he appreciates being appreciated. "This is a very nice event. Rising Sun has done a great job. It does mean a lot."
Chief Deputy Gerry Widdoes said that in times of turmoil for police officers, an event such as the breakfast is even more important. "It's good to see people appreciate us," said Widdoes.
Sheriff Scott Adams also attended. "It's great that they do this. We really appreciate it," said Adams.