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Local kids are praising law enforcement on a day when their brethren paused to remember them

May 09, 2014 -- 2:48pm

A record number of children (126) entered the annual Law Enforcement Memorial contest from the SE Missourian Junior this year. In a partnership with Seniors and Lawmen Together or SALT, submissions are made in a coloring, poem and essay contest. The kids are always guests on the KZIM KSIM Morning News Watch with Faune Riggin as part of the prize. They also get to attend the memorial which was held at the Cape Bible Chapel Friday to honor the forty eight men and women who died in the line of duty. Josey Gohn from St. Paul Lutheran in Jackson had the best coloring of the DARE car. While Madison Bonham of St. Vincent School delivered a poem well beyond her years. Here is a small sample… "Whenever I hear a policeman's car I think about how brave they really are. When I hear about a robbery I think about what they have done for me. When I know police are working hard, sometimes I want to make them a card. Police try to protect us. They are people we can trust. I am so glad they are here. It's nice to know they are near." In the essay contest Gigi Meredith of St. Vincent was chosen as the best by a panel of judges made up of Law enforcement, families of the fallen heroes, and SALT members…" The other day our school was broken into and they were right on the scene. They dropped everything just to protect us. I wish I could go to every police man and woman and say thank you. I am very glad we have so many brave people in our world to risk their lives for us." Pick up a copy of the SE Missourian Jr. for the full versions and thanks Sheryl Ellis for her dedication to this worthy project. 

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