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Soles of honor

The patriotic Honor and Respect shoes raise awareness of the need for mental health service for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders.
The patriotic Honor and Respect shoes raise awareness of the need for mental health service for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders. Farm Bureau member Ron Slagle, an Air Force and police veteran from Marion, created the apparel company, and sales have exceeded more than $1 million. submitted photo

There isn’t a cop on the beat that couldn’t use a little Honor and Respect; or a fireman, paramedic or soldier in uniform.

And that’s exactly what Ron Slagle wants to give them.

A 25-year veteran of the Marion Police Department and the U.S. Air Force, Slagle knows. He knows about stress and trauma. He knows about lending a helping hand.

It was last spring when he and friend Mike O’Donnell decided to design a patriotic athletic shoe and market it online to raise money for first responder mental health ...




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