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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Police association’s annual ‘Shop with a cop’

Dec 23, 2013
Photo by: Submitted Jayden Jones, Eli Vaughn and Vincent Scott, with Fairfield Police officers Capt. Dave Thomas and Sgt. Mark Kukuzke, along wiht Tammy Thomas and Tanya Kukuzk went shopping Sunday for Christmas presents. Each child was given a $100 gift card from the Fairfield Police Dept.

Members of the Fairfield Police Association took seven local elementary students Christmas shopping.

It was very rewarding for both the students and officers who took the children shopping, said police chief Julie Harvey.

“The kids were so excited and proud of their purchases,” said Harvey. “One kid walked out of the law center carrying two bags full of presents above his head, calling himself ‘muscle man.’”

The money raised was intended for the children to purchase items for themselves. However, some children purchased presents for their family members.

One boy purchased a gift for his mother and baby brother.

“He was very proud of his purchase and carefully watched the officer wrapping up the gifts,” said Harvey.

“It was very gratifying seeing how kind-hearted and appreciative the kids and parents were,” she said. “The kids were not intimidated a bit by having police officers take them shopping. They couldn’t climb into the squad cars quickly enough.”

Members of the Fairfield Police Association raised the majority of money be sponsoring a 5K run in September.

A local citizen heard about the program and sponsored an additional student, said Harvey.

In addition, the local Walmart provided some matching money.

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