Marshfield high school students are aiming to strike out
drug and alcohol use. They are raising money for the police department's K-9
As part of that, members of the Newsline 9 news team are
playing police and firefighters in a friendly game of softball.
"The thing that is more encouraging is that this is driven
by a youth coalition," Lt. Darren Larson from the Marshfield Police Department
said. "They recognize the need for the dog," he continued.
The Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth is a group of high
school students who work to reduce the use of drugs and alcohol.
"It's liberating to see the youth so passionate about it and
trying to educate their peers on the dangers of drug and alcohol use," MACY
coalition leader Heather Schlagenhaft said.
This year, they are raising money for the police department's
K-9 unit. Their challenge was to come up with a fundraiser event.
"We had thought of bowling, we thought more summer and it
kind of escalated into a huge softball event," MACY member Kayla Selz said.
They are swinging for the fences and hope to raise $14,000.
Police say that will go a long way, for a K-9 program that recently expanded
from one dog to two.
"Financially, it's a huge obligation for the city. It all
takes money," Lt. Larson said.
The police dog named "H" joined the team last year, doubling
the K-9 unit. They do everything from sniffing out drugs to searching
buildings. Officers say the dogs play a vital role.
"K-9s are able to do things that we cannot. It's an
invaluable resource that we use often," Larson said.
Even the fire department is pitching in.
"We're all about public safety, anything we can do to
increase safety is a good cause," Marshfield Fire Chief James Schmidt said.
It's a cause the Youth Coalition says is important to the
Softball and Family Fun
Saturday June 16, 10-2 PM, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park
Marshfield Police and Fire versus WAOW Channel 9
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