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Shop with a cop spreads Christmas cheer

Emery County Sheriff's Office helps young shoppers chose gifts for their families.
Sheriff's Office personnel helps check the lists for these shoppers.
A big monster truck remote control is on the list.
These shoppers chose something for themselves and family.


The annual Shop with a Cop was held recently at Walmart.

Those participating at Walmart included Deputies and Emery County Sheriff's Office personnel; Bo Minchey, Capt. Jeff Thomas, Maurine Copatch, Nicole Deabenderfer, Jeremiah Rich and Kurt Price.

They helped the participants choose gifts and pushed the cart with their load of treasures.

The deputies also kept track of the spending of the child.

Walmart and other local businesses donated the money for use in the Shop with a Cop program.

Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk said, "I think the Shop with a Cop program is fantastic, it gives the officers a chance to interact with kids and they can see a police officer in a new light.

"The officers can mingle with the families at a fun and happy event.

"It's not the normal line of duty for the deputy. A lot of people need a little extra help around Christmas time.

"Our deputies are happy to provide this service with our youth.

" Each of the elementary schools nominate a child or family to Shop with a Cop.

"This service helps brighten the holidays for some of our county residents," said Sheriff Funk.

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