City Council Recognizes Explorers' Achievements

  • 8/7/2018 8:41:26 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Several members of Mansfield's Police Explorers unit were recognized by council members at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The group placed 5th at a nationally-ranked competition at Perdue University in Indiana - a first for any Mansfield group.

"I haven't gotten an exact count yet, but I've heard that there were over 2,000 explorers and 500+ teams," said Officer Ron Barnes. "Each team competed in different scenarios, and we took fifth in the nation in 'traffic crash'. It is the first time we've ever placed in the nationals. We've done well in state competitions before, but never the nationals."

The Captain of the Explorer team, Aaron Clapp, had nothing but praise for his squad.

"When we trained, they listened," Clapp said. "There was no arguing, there was no fighting. It was just, 'Boom', get in there, get this done."

The group was presented with several certificates of achievement by city council members and the unit was thanked for their dedication and hard work.

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