EATON — Each year the Optimist Club of Eaton and Optimist International set aside the first week of May as “Respect for Law Week.” During this time the club honors a local law enforcement officer who goes “above and beyond the call of duty.”
On Saturday, May 9, the Eaton Optimist Club held their “Respect for Law week” recognition dinner at the MCL restaurant in Richmond, Indiana. After dinner, Chairman Ken house presented the Officer of the Year plague to Anthony Gasper, assistant chief of the West Alexandria Police Department.
While Gasper was on duty on early March morning in 2015 a thunderstorm came through the village of West Alexandria. Officer Gasper noticed a nearby lighting strike had started a fire in a North Main Street residence. Gasper notified the Fire Department as he went to the residence and found the residents were still asleep. Gasper then entered the burning home and helped the residents, including children, from the house.
The Eaton Optimist Club thanks and congratulate Assistant Chief Anthony Gasper for his heroic deed.