F/Lt. Chris McIntire

Kids ages 17, under invited to swim, bike, run with officers

June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Having a great time with lots of law enforcement officers is just one benefit of signing up for this year’s Triathlon to be held at Rockford High School Saturday, July 10 starting at 9 a.m. Kids who participate—with or without their parents—will enjoy a well deserved sense of accomplishment when they have completed the three-part race and earn their medal. “They have a blast,” said Sgt. Kevin Sweeney, a Michigan State Police trooper who helps organize the annual event. “We have had kids as young as two, with their parents.” Kids ages 17 on down are invited to challenge themselves on foot, in the high school pool and in a bike section of the triathlon. Lengths of the race are adjusted for age, and every child who completes the race will receive an engraved medal. T-shirts are covered in the $20 cost to participate if registration is done prior to race day. After-race refreshments will be provided. Registration early guarantees a shirt while 8 a.m. day-of sign ups will not include a shirt.             Sweeney said the event is designed to promote physical fitness but also serves as a community outreach for law enforcement. “It is important for them to see us in a positive way, not just out writing tickets or things like that,” he stated. In addition to officers, troopers and deputies, there will be volunteers from the Explorers, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Medical Reserve Corps, D.A.R.E. officers and the Civil Emergency Response Team. To find out more visit www.rockktri.com or call Sweeney on the race hotline at (616) 863-0669.

Post Commander shows off 1937 Ford police vehicle

July 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

You may have seen this beauty of a car in downtown Rockford on Friday, July 17. Michigan State Police Post Commander F/Lt. Chris McIntire had it delivered to participate in the Sparta Town and Country Days parade Saturday. This vehicle represents the type and style of patrol vehicle the Michigan State Police used in 1937. The car was originally owned by the late Miss Mable Davis of Hillsdale, Mich. It was refurbished by donations, including the Michigan State Police Troopers Association and Meijer Inc. McIntire said he looked forward to driving the car and that this vehicle as well as some of his motorcycle officers were to be the grand finale of the parade.