GIRARD — Crawford County Mental Health is using literature to combat addiction in Crawford County.

CCMH Executive Director Rick Pfeiffer reported to the Crawford County Commission — at its regular meeting Friday — that proofs of a fiction book written by Pfeiffer and others was at the publisher for finalization.

The book — titled Trail of a Warrior — is a fictitious story based on true events. CCMH plans to sell the book nationally to raise funds for a new addiction treatment center.

“The story is told by four main voices, including me, who are people dedicated to the path of recovery,” Pfeiffer said. “There’s something in it for everybody from soldiers to pet owners and everything in between.”

Until 2019, all profits from book sales will be donated to Families and Children Together, Inc., a non-profit organization which provides philanthropic support for mental health and addiction treatment programs. FACT, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3).

Sales and marketing of the book will be overseen by a business advisory board made up of representatives from CCHM, Pittsburg State University, the Crawford County Commission and more. Commissioner Tom Moody volunteered to serve as the commission’s representative on the board.

Presale for the book will is scheduled to begin this fall, and CCHM hopes to earn $1 million in two or three years.

In other business, Commissioner Jeff Murphy report that he and Live Well Crawford County Director Brad Stroud visited Allen County to learn about its trail system. Murphy brought back ideas for bridge construction and revitalization, a grid system for EMS response and more.

The county will discuss possibilities for the planned Watco trail project from Pittsburg to Cherokee in a work session Tuesday.

Murphy also reported that Radell Construction had laid around 100 feet of 6-inch pipe at the fairgrounds, as well as tied the pipe into the new restroom area. Radell offered to donate time to lay the pipe. The company had training on Friday, and plans to continue work at the fairgrounds Monday.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.