First responders celebrated for support of WAVI

Sweets provided for law enforcement for their service to victims of violence.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but Tuesday was celebrated as First Responders Day thanks to Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI).

WAVI is a domestic violence shelter in Rapid City that has been servicing victims since 1978.

The organization wanted to thank law enforcement and first responders for being there first when domestic or sexual violence is reported.

The Rapid City Police Department, the Rapid City Fire Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office were celebrated with sweets.

Workers from WAVI baked about eight dozen sweet treats to distribute at fire stations and the Public Safety Building.

“They’re the first ones on scene,” said Ruth Torala, a case worker with WAVI. “It’s our way of saying thank you for all the work they do. They’ll also give information to victims of domestic violence about WAVI and offer them some information if they’re wanting that.”

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