Law enforcement, first responders honored by community organization
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Local law enforcement officials and first responders were honored with a law enforcement appreciation event on September 8.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Rapid City Police Department were treated to lunch and appreciation kits for their work in the community. All thanks to the local organization, The Front Porch Coalition.
The Front Porch Coalition works alongside law enforcement and first responders to assist families coping with the loss of loved ones from suicide.
Bridget Swier, Director of Communications and Outreach for the organization, expressed gratitude for the help they provide alongside them in these dire situations.
“We could not reach the families that have lost a loved one to suicide without law enforcement,” Swier stated. “And we just wanted to say that we appreciate so much and all that they do for our community as well as the partnership that they have with our L.O.S.S. team.”
Overall, the day serves as a reminder to recognize their positive contributions to the community.
“I think it’s really important as an organization and as community members that we show our appreciation,” Swier continued. “And express our respect for the job that they have and that they do day in and day out.”
Furthermore, The Front Porch Coalition is also working on a fundraiser called “Flock Off, Suicide”. For $25, people can register yards to be covered in bright pink flamingoes for. For $50, wary citizens can ensure that the flamingoes “flock off” and stay away from their yards.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to: suicide prevention, awareness efforts, and people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Flocking will take place all through the month of September.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please call 695 358-6692 for related services and information.
The National Suicide Hotline has a 24-hour number as well: 800-273-8255