LIMA — The Lima Police Department will dedicate the playground at Safety City to Honorary Police Officer Maleek L. Nelson at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the playground, 700 S. Collett St., Lima.
Maleek was made an honorary officer in January 2017 at the age of 7 years old. We first met Maleek at the City of Lima Trick or Treat in 2016. He was born with many medical issues and after a family friend told me of his passion and love for police officers we knew we had to do something for this amazing young man. He sadly passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 8 years old. Safety City Officer Patty Wogerman brought the idea to the Lima Noon Optimist Board and they voted to have this done. We will be having several departments, representatives from Perry School where Maleek attended, members of the Lima Noon Optimist Club, and several family and friends attend. A plaque will be hung at Safety City in memory of Maleek for all who go there to see.