A cacophony of sirens shook Richfield’s Main Street Saturday morning as law enforcement personnel from several different agencies paraded as part of the annual Shop With A Cop.
Now in its 15th year, the charity effort allows children from families in need to be teamed with police officers for a shopping spree. Each child is given $100 to spend on items they want for themselves or their families for Christmas.
This year, the event provided Christmas wishes to 86 children from Sevier, Wayne and Piute counties.
“Everything went smooth,” said Sgt. Kim Sorenson, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. Sorenson has organized the activity each year since it was started in Sevier County.
Sorenson said while some training schedules conflicted with the event, it still drew 36 police officers and other emergency responders to help with the shopping.
“We really appreciate everyone who came,” Sorenson said.
One of those who participated in this year’s festivities is Wes Sanders, Richfield City Police Department’s newest full-time officer.
“I like to come out and help,” Sanders said. “It’s fun to see the kids.”
Saturday’s Shop With A Cop event started with breakfast at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, followed by the parade. Finally, children and law enforcement personnel — led by Santa Claus — converged in Kmart for the shopping spree.