Black Family Reunion attendees give Cincinnati police officer top marks on hospitality

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 11:14:58-04

CINCINNATI -- Now that the 28th annual Midwest Black Family Reunion has ended, some attendees have high words of praise for Cincinnati’s finest.

Attendees Laura Grant from Maryland and B.J. Dumas from Macon, Georgia, told WCPO that Cincinnati police officer Jeff Bley stopped to help them at a parking meter and quickly became a friend.

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"The police were real nice,” Grant said. "He took us to his precinct, gave us a visitor’s guide and was just telling us about places to go to eat and everything. It was such a warm welcoming to Cincinnati."

They said Officer Bley went so far as to offer them Reds tickets to use during their stay in the Queen City.

"It was just so nice to see someone go beyond the call just to have conversation and welcome tourists to his city,” Dumas said.

The Black Family Reunion is a longtime tradition and one’s of Cincinnati’s largest family events, attracting approximately 20,000 people a year. It is open to the public at no charge with events Downtown and around Cincinnati throughout the weekend.