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Jacksonville sets annual “boots and badges together” fundraiser for Friday, Saturday

The Jacksonville police and fire departments will be sponsoring on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, their fourth-annual “boots and badges together” fundraiser designed to generate money for Special Olympics of Arkansas. The event will take place from 9-5 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2000 John Harden Drive, Jacksonville. There will be children’s activities, food, drinks and laughter.

It is also designed to raise awareness of the needs of the special needs children of Arkansas.

April Kiser, a spokeswoman for the city police department, said there will be a variety of emergency service organizations there from Central Arkansas, including the Little Rock Air Force Base.

“Businesses will also be participating,” Kiser said. “Everyone is encouraged to do his or her part.”

The city fire department ladder truck will be raised to the rooftop of the Supercenter with a firefighter and police officer in the ladder bucket.

“A boot and a police bucket will be lowered to collect donations from those ground bound citizens willing to raise donations to the rooftop duo above,” she said.

Kiser added there will be pizza, a hot dog grill and Coke products.

“And hopefully there will be a lot of good company,” she added. “Remember, a large portion of the profits from these products goes toward the Arkansas Special Olympics.”

There will also be police, fire and other static displays for the community to view and information booths about gun safety, fire safety, public services, crime prevention, as well as the law enforcement torch run.

“McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparkey the Fire Dog will be making appearances periodically for the kids,” Kiser said.

Kiser said if weather becomes a factor, some activities may be postponed or suspected but the fundraiser will continue rain or shine.

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