Natchitoches Rotary Club thanks sponsors and presents check to SWAT Team

Rotary Club June 19 2018 (1)

Pictured from left are Chief of Investigations at the Sheriff’s Office Greg Dunn, Police Department Lieutenant Nikeo Collins (SWAT Commander), Rotary President David Zolzer, Assistant Chief Jesse Taitano (NPSO and Assistant SWAT Commander), Assistant Police Chief Harmon Winters, and BTB Committee Members Rotarians Tommy Caldwell, Eddie Harrington, and Josh Axsom.


After a successful Bullet Proof the Blue fundraiser to purchase gear for the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team, the event produced a $14,000 check! “Bulletproof the Blue 2018” was a law enforcement experience held at Darks Woods. At BTB participants received some training about how law enforcement operates and were geared up with duty belts and simunition guns (9mm paintball). Participants then went through 4 exciting and interactive scenario’s with role players. The goal of the event was not only to raise money to help the SWAT team purchase equipment, but also to give the public an opportunity to feel the stress and adrenaline of a realistic law enforcement scenario. Perspectives were changed and a positive and fun experience was enjoyed by over 100 participants!

Honored for their contributions to the Rotary fundraiser Bullet Proof the Blue are front row from left are Eddie Harrington, Laramie Nichols, Mardy Summerlin, Darrell Hickman, Ron Corkern, and Rotary President-elect Richard White. On second row are Gary Hatch, Jason Summerlin, Kirk Soileau, Don Mims, Louie Bernard, Mike Newton, and Mark Begnaud.


Josh Axsom was honored for his participation in Bullet Proof the Blue as “Rotarian of the Year.” Pictured from left are Axsom and Rotary President David Zolzer

(Photos by Dr. Ron McBride)