TRUMBULL, Conn. -- A small exercise room in the Trumbull Police Department building on Edison Road is worn and dated, with equipment that is broken or ineffective, according to Police Chief Michael Lombardo.
The Trumbull Rotary Club has stepped in to upgrade the fitness facility for the town's police force and launched a GoFundMe.
The goal is to 8,000 for new equipment. The club will match dollar for dollar every donation to the fundraiser.
"The wellness and safety of law enforcement officers is critical not only to themselves and their colleagues but also to public safety, according to a Trumbull Rotary Club announcement.
Wellness programs in departments around the area have been implemented and Trumbull Police Chief, Michael Lombardo wants the same for his officers.
“The town and department understand the importance of both mental and physical health of our officers. Many municipalities have used this method of fundraising during difficult times," he said.
"The demands of a policer’s job continue to grow and providing an adequate space and proper equipment for its members to work on improving their physical fitness and toughness is of the utmost importance for the individual officer, their family, and the community they have sworn to serve and protect," said detective Sgt. Brian Falkenstein.
He has helped identify new equipment and will help support the implementation of the wellness program when sufficient funds are raised.
Trumbull Rotary’s Bill Zeidenberg is leading the fundraiser.
“This is a perfect opportunity for the community to support those officers who put their lives on the line for us every day. It’s a great way to say, thanks," he said.
To support this effort, send a check to the Trumbull Rotary Club, PO Box 283, Trumbull, CT and note “Police Wellness” on your check or click here for the GoFundMe page.