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Softball game to benefit Marshfield PD K-9 unit


Marshfield high school students are aiming to strike out drug and alcohol use. They are raising money for the police department's K-9 unit.

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 community.


Softball and Family Fun

Saturday June 16, 10-2 PM, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park

Marshfield Police and Fire versus WAOW Channel 9

Other activities include:

  • Face painting
  • Inflatable jumping castle
  • Photo opportunity with "H," a Marshfield Police Department K-9
  • Old-timers vs. young-timers softball game
  • Carnival games
  • Concessions
  • Dunk tank
  • Raffles (50/50, basket raffle to win a weekend of camping that includes a camper and campsite)
  • Cheese races, similar to the sausage races at Milwaukee Brewers' games
  • Fire trucks and police cars on site for viewing


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