When Perkins Township Fire Chief Rick Myosky, Perkins police officers and firefighters stepped into The Pump and halted a concert by a popular local band recently to do a head count of the bar patrons, they opened up a maelstrom of criticism.
Myosky's suspicion that the occupancy was exceeding the legal limits turned out to be well-founded as more than a hundred patrons were excluded from entering the bar.
Many in the community have expressed the thought the bar was unfairly targeted by Perkins fire and police.
We think not.
The Pump's owner, Becki Stock, has been successful in providing the nitty-gritty kind of watering hole that appeals to those who are ready to party hearty.
The CocoBeanos never fail to draw a crowd.
They've all done their job well.
That same desire to do the job right drives the fire chief and police whose mission is to ensure the safety of township residents and visitors. Occupancy limits are established to prevent tragedies like those which claimed the lives of patrons who jammed The Station in Rhode Island to hear Great White play or the revellers at the Beverly Hill Supper Club or those summer partiers who crowded the balcony at Lonz Winery.
Rather than criticize Myosky, think about how hard you would have been trashing him had he done nothing and something tragic had happened at The Pump?
As for the other issues -- parking along Ohio 4 and smoking inside the bar -- the police will deal with them as their order of importance dictates.
It's their job. Why trash them for doing it?