Shop With a Cop event lets kids spend the day with first respondersSubmitted: 12/17/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Shop With a Cop event lets kids spend the day with first responders
RHINELANDER - Shop with a Cop allows community kids to get to know some first responders on a more personal level. 19 kids got the chance to do just that during this weekend's event.

The third graders are selected based on if they have a financial need, have good behavior in school, or if they have possibly met first responders in a serious situation before.

Organizers say it is a good opportunity to show that they are here for good times too, not just for bad situations.

"It's something that the kids are so excited for, cause most of the time our clients aren't very excited to see us so this is just amazing all around to get to know us, just to have a fun day with law enforcement and fire," said Rhinelander Patrolman Chad Brown. 

This is the event's ninth year. But, it's a first for Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier. He says it was exciting to be a part of the event.

"They get a tour of the department so as you're walking around there you're passing other officers with their kids and you hear bits and pieces of the conversation and it's really funny, the kids don't have that filter so they just say whatever is on their minds so it's already been a fun day already," said Gauthier. 
Each officer was paired with one or two kids. Each child got 100 dollars to spend at Walmart.

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