Local first responders/law enforcement unite to support Salvation Army Saturday Featured

Local first responders/law enforcement unite to support Salvation Army Saturday Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

A little competition never hurt anyone, especially when it's for a great cause.

To this purpose, local law enforcement and emergency responders were stationed throughout Emporia Saturday for the annual Badges United Bell Ringing event benefiting the Salvation Army of Emporia's Red Kettle Campaign. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was set up at Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply and Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope brought some of his family along to help with collecting donations.

Cope says the annual event is a great way to demonstrate the importance of charity to younger generations.

 

Meanwhile, both the Emporia Fire and Police Departments set up shop at Wal-Mart. Emporia Police Lt. Kevin Risley says while winning the competition, and the bragging rights, is nice, the most important thing to everyone involved is supporting the Salvation Army and its work in the local community.

 

Emporia Fire Chief Brandon Beck says he loves interacting with the children who come through and donate as they may be speaking to the next generation of law enforcement and first responders.

 

Totals from Badges United and the winning department will be announced at a later time.

 

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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