“We look at what are the accidental deaths in the region, each year. It has changed slightly over the years. Motor vehicle accidents were always first, but now it is accidental poisonings, suicides, motor vehicle accidents and falls. These are the four main accidental deaths. So we look at data like that,” Duritsch said.
Mental health is another big issue now. Additionally, the Safety Council is partnering with the Middletown Health Department on a new initiative, “Middletown Connect,” in conjunction with Ohio Health Improvement Zones, addressing barriers to health within the Middletown community.
Operating as a non-profit organization, the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio has been in Middletown since 1947. It was first known as the Middletown Safety Council and founded after the death of a young mother on New Year’s Eve. Year in 1946. The woman was killed by a drunk driver. on Sutphin Street.
Many people know the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio for its flagship “Safety Town” program, which was developed in partnership with the Middletown Police Department. The program was started by Officer Harvey Poff in the late 1970s. Officer Mike Davis also played an important role in “Safety Town” and the Safety Council for years. He ran “Safety Town” for 26 years after Poff’s retirement. More than 12,000 young people have taken part in the “Safety Town” program since its inception.
The Safety Council offers a variety of community programs such as Workplace Safety, Butler County Safe Communities, and the Coalition for a Healthy Downtown, as well as driver education.
How to get there
What: The Classic Rock Experience Benefit Concert for the 75th Anniversary of the Southwest Ohio Security Council
When: 8 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Downtown Middletown
Cost: Advance tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $30 for premium seats. Buy your tickets online at https://www.cincyticket.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=5747. The concert is sponsored by the Middletown Community Foundation
More information: www.safetycouncilswohio.org