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Among the many law enforcement officers who maintained security during the recent Republican National Convention were three members of the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.
Officers Mike Anderson, Tony Palcisko and Ryan Alestock volunteered to work at the RNC in Cleveland.
"I wasn't into it for the political aspect," said Palcisko. "I was into it more for it being a big event coming to Cleveland. Obviously being from here I wanted to make sure everything went smooth and everyone was safe."
Alestock said he's not a "big politics guy" and he was interested in seeing the many police departments working together. "I heard about all the different agencies coming together and I wanted to see and be a part of that," he said. Alestock said he saw highway patrol officers from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Utah, California, Florida and Texas.
Palcisko said there were about 2,000 officers working during that time.
"When this deployment came up, I told these guys, 'This is a once-in-a-career opportunity,'" said Anderson, a 21-year veteran of the CFPD. "We've never had the RNC here since I've been here, and I just wanted to be part of it. When the chief said they were looking for volunteers, I said, 'I'm all in.'"
Anderson said he had a similar experience on a smaller scale when President George W. Bush made a campaign stop in Cuyahoga Falls in 2004 and there was a large security detail led by the U.S. Secret Service. He also was on duty when presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped here in 2012. "That was pretty similar on a lot smaller scale," he said.
See the Aug. 14 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.