Neighborhood Safety Fundraiser Honors Ruth Hallman

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

This was a celebration of a different kind, one to honor Ruth Hallman and raise money for Lansing police.

"We decided to have a party in January and ask for donations as we did after her murder," Carol Wood said. "That would go into the problem solving fund for the Lansing Police Department," her daughter said.

Hallman was a Genesee resident and was President of her neighborhood association. She was constantly working with police to keep families safe.

"We spent a lot of time with her from sipping tea on her front porch to taking complaints on what was going on in her neighborhood," Sgt. Tom Fabus of the Lansing Police Department said.

But Hallman's daughter says she cared about more than crime. It was about taking care of her community.

"She would bring food to event after event as well as making sure that her home was a solace place for neighbors to come and talk about problems," Wood said.

Since Hallman's death about $40,000 has been raised. Funds allow officers to spend additional time in the community apart from their regular schedule to solve problems in neighborhoods.

"Most of the calls from Ruth would be from drug dealers in the neighborhood so we worked with her on trying to clear out problems in the neighborhood," Fabus said.

Hallman's daughter says the neighborhood has seen the difference through the years.

The fundraiser was started in honor of the 75th birthday Ruth Hallman never got to celebrate.


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