June 28, 2016

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Police departments unite in support of families with autistic children

Police Officer Mike Schroll, left, of Hinckley Township, and Akron police Officer Mike Kulick tie a bow on a basket filled with toys Wednesday at the Medina County Sheriff's Office. (KIERA MANION-FISCHER / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Police officers from all over the area gathered Wednesday night at the Medina County Sheriff’s Office to assemble about 100 baskets of toys, school supplies and holiday items for autistic children.

Officers will deliver the baskets to families of children with autism in Medina, Summit, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Portage and Huron counties before Halloween.

The effort was sponsored by Cops 4 Kids with Autism, a group founded by Officer Julianna Trunko, who works for both the Wakeman and MetroHealth police departments.

The group’s aim is to raise awareness among law enforcement officers about autism.

Trunko said the annual basket delivery “helps kids understand — that’s a safe person to go to.”

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.