Rapid city students show appreciation for emergency personnel on Patriots Day

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Rapid City High School Students went the extra mile to express appreciation to local first responders.

Sept. 11 is declared as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. More than a dozen students walked to the Public Safety Building downtown to deliver handmade cards and special messages and sweet treats to the Rapid City Police Department.

 “We wanted to thank the police officers in our community,” said Rapid City High School Student Lexi Vlere. “They really do a lot for us, and sometimes we don’t appreciate them as much as we should.”

First responders offered a warm greeting to the students, even sharing a group photo to capture the moment. One officer didn’t hesitate to express her appreciation.  

“Thank you so much for the goodies and cards today,” Sgt. Kathleen Phillips said to the students. “We really appreciate everything that you brought for us.”

The high school students’ act of kindness may have left a lasting impression, according to Sgt. Phillips.

“We really love seeing these kind of things,” she said. “Seeing you guys come in and actually tell us to our faces-we really appreciate it.”

This marked the third year Rapid City High School students have come together to show a spirit of unity and appreciation of service to first responders. 

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