First responders spread holiday cheer

Matt Lasley Reporter

December 18, 2013

Numerous local first responders volunteered their time to bring Christmas to underprivileged children this past weekend.

The Leitchfield Fire Department, the Leitchfield Police Department, and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Shop with a Firefighter and Shop with a Cop programs, respectively, on the morning of Saturday, December 14.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 15, about 20 troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 4 participated in the annual Shop with a Trooper event.

For Shop with a Cop, the LPD raised $3,700 to take 24 local children to purchase clothing items and other necessities, as well as a toy, from the Leitchfield Walmart, according to Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson.

“This is not for us, it’s for these kids,” Henderson said.

Officers spent about $150 on each child to “get the kids whatever they need and a toy,” Henderson said.

The children, ranging in age from 2 to 16, were selected based on need by the LPD with assistance Grayson County Schools, according to Henderson.

Shop with a Cop was held in conjunction with the LFD’s annual Shop with a Firefighter program, as well.

About 13 Leitchfield firefighters drove an additional 11 local children to the Leitchfield Walmart in the LFD’s fire trucks, First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall said.

“This is awesome,” said Duvall about the annual program.

Both the Leitchfield police officers and firefighters were assisted with their shopping by their wives, also.

Following the shopping, the LPD and LFD held a pizza party for the children at Leitchfield Fire Station 1, Duvall said.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the KSP took about 50 underprivileged children from six counties in the eight-county Post 4 District to the Leitchfield Walmart for its annual Shop with a Trooper event, said Trooper Jeff Gregory.

The KSP also spends about $150 on each child for necessities and a toy, according to Gregory.

For their event, troopers find families in need, contact the children’s parents, pick the children up and take them shopping and then out to eat, Gregory said.

“The Grayson County Walmart has been very hospitable,” Gregory said.