Stoddard County Safety Day
Benefits Shop With a Hero Program
Saturday, October 11, 2008
First Responders from throughout Stoddard County donated their time on Saturday, October 11, to participate in Safety Day, which was held on the Dexter Wal-Mart Parking Lot. Members of the Stoddard County Ambulance, Missouri State Probation and Parole Office, Stoddard County Juvenile, Dexter Fire Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, Water Patrol, and the Bernie Police Department were on hand for a variety of activities made available to the public from 10 am until 2 pm, with proceeds going toward their annual Shop With a Hero program.
Emergency response vehicles from the participating departments were made available for the public to view
Bernie Police Department's Patrolman John Atkinson, Chief of Police Justin Allen, and Patrolman Mitch Farmer contribute to the Shop with a Hero program by donating their time fingerprinting children and selling food
Activities throughout the day included demonstrations from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Crash Simulator and Drunk Goggles. The Stoddard County Ambulance made fingerprint identifications cards of the children there, and law enforcement officers were available to the public for questions and to sell raffle tickets and food, with proceeds aiding Shop with a Hero.
The Shop with a Hero program is a campaign that is very important to area first responders and law enforcement officers, as it gives them a chance to interact with children during the Christmas season. Through this program area underprivileged children are given the opportunity to shop at Wal-Mart with a law enforcement official with a designated amount of money. Persons interested in enrolling their child or children in the Shop with a Hero program may do so at the Dexter DAEOC office. Persons interested in donating to the Shop with a Hero campaign may do so through their local law enforcement agency.