October 27, 2023
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is proud to unveil three new zone gyms as part of its investment in deputy and professional staff wellness. These state-of-the-art facilities, located at our police substations in Penfield, Henrietta, and Ogden, would not be possible without the generous support of community donor Kip Palmer of Palmer Food Services, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation, and Foundation Board Member Sean Fico.
“Our commitment to the overall wellness and physical fitness of our members is a priority,” said Monroe County Sheriff Todd K. Baxter. “Having these fully equipped facilities located on site, where our men and women report to work each day, is key. In addition to providing a place to work out and stay physically fit, these gyms also serve as a place to build positive mental wellness. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Palmer for his generosity and support of healthy deputies, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation for never wavering when it comes to taking care of the troops, and a special thanks to MCSF Board Member Sean Fico for his personal donation.”
Excitement around the idea of the gyms located at the zones has been building for years. Following the renovation of the gym located at our downtown headquarters in April 2021, the concept of building gyms at all three of the zone substations gained traction. Construction began this past spring and was completed in August. Mr. Palmer approached the Sheriff’s Office and asked what he could do to achieve his goal of supporting deputies. He did not hesitate when we presented him with this project to enhance wellness for our deputies and professional staff. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation, as it has done countless times in the past, also generously supported the project.
The gyms came to fruition thanks to the hard work of many individuals, including our deputies, volunteers and Project Manager Mary Baxter, who oversaw the construction of the gyms. Special thanks to Lt. Michael Wicks, Sgt. Ken Weber, Deputy Dave Celeste, and Deputy Steven Stepnick for your professionalism at each of the zones. Our wish is for our deputies and professional staff to utilize them for many years to come.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office