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Shop With a Cop Till You Drop

Trenton Williams “already knew exactly what he wanted,” said Utah St. George Field Office Law Enforcement Officer Curtis Racker. “He went straight to the Nerf guns looking for the one that would shoot the furthest (75 feet).” Williams also purchased a video game, Halo action figures and a Battleship game. 

On Dec. 15, Curtis Racker and other law enforcement officers joined public safety representatives from Washington County in the annual “Shop with a Cop” program that provides holiday cheer and presents for local children. 

Around 100 underprivileged children from the community received $100 each and a one-on-one pair up with a “cop” to consult with on their shopping choices. KONY Coins for Kids spearheads the qualification process and raises funds for the annual event. Additionally, community members and local organizations provide donations to ensure the success of this exciting program.

This year, the festivities started with a pancake breakfast at the Washington County Fairgrounds prepared by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. After a group photo, the children were escorted in police cars and emergency vehicles with screeching sirens and flashing lights, to one of the three Wal-Mart stores in Washington County. 

“Shop till you drop; we’re ready!” joked an emergency medical service employee while pushing a Hurricane ambulance gurney around the store. 

Racker has participated in this event for the past four to five years. “It is a good program; it helps the kids out and gives them something to look forward to during the holidays.”  This year, he treated the child he was paired up with, the use of his public address system to announce his arrival at his final destination with a loud “Dad we’re home!” 

“He wants to be a cop when he grows up now,” said Racker.  

Curtis Racker looks at Nerf guns with Trenton Williams. Photo Credit: Dave Amodt, St. George News

Two sisters entering Wal-Mart on a gurney. Photo Credit: Dave Amodt, St. George News

RJ Campos couldn't be happier waiting to check out with all his gifts. Photo Credit: Dave Amodt, St. George News

Group photo of the "cops" and kids. Photo Credit: Dave Amodt, St. George News