Officer Appreciation Day celebrated at Guernsey Early Childhood Development Center

On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the kids all learned the importance of calling 911. Guernsey Early Childhood Development Center staff from left: Early Childhood Developmement Center director Danielle Noggle, Kayla Dockter, Debbie Offe, Donel Ibarra, Chance Newman, Tahnee Zogg and Jamie Rodriguez. Guernsey Police Chief far right David Smith and Guernsey police officer front, Derek Chavez. Kids, Ivory, Lila,Nico, Nathan, Willow, McKenna, Garetth, Kairo, Raelynn, MacKynzie, Brynn and Dominic.

GUERNSEY – National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is celebrated each year January 9Jan. 9, beginning a week of awareness for the men who have sworn to protect and serve.

This year, since National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day landed on a Sunday, Danielle Noggle, director of the Guernsey Early Childhood Development Center decided to have a belated celebration Monday, Jan. 10 at the center in Guernsey.

Guernsey police chief David Smith, Guernsey police officer Derek Chavez and Wyoming State Trooper Dwight McGuire all were invited to come to the child care center as special local honorees. The officers all took turns reading from a book entitled “It’s Time To Call 911.”

The officers allowed the children to interact and asked questions to get them involved in a discussion on the importance of calling 911 and how it is a serious thing to call if there is an emergency. Children also learned the dangers of calling for non-emergencies.

The 20-minute session ended with Wyoming State Trooper Dwight McGuire jumping in his car, turning on the lights and siren and speeding away to an important meeting. The kids all got a chance to watch from the windows.

After the teaching, the children appreciated the officers with special doughnuts from a local bakery.

According to Nationaltoday.com, “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created by multiple organizations in 2015 to express their gratitude for officers in the United States. In support of their services citizens are encouraged to do their part in thanking the law enforcers on this day. One of the main organizations to take the lead in this is C.O.P.S – Concerns of Police Survivors. According to them, law enforcement officers need to be shown that the difficult career path they have chosen is recognized by the people who they protect and uphold the law for. 

“This holiday was triggered by the chain of events in 2014, when a police officer was involved in a crossfire shooting in Missouri. The backlash and violence that followed this event led C.O.P.S to take the initiative to change this negative portrayal of police officers in the news in recent years into a positive one. With over 900,000 officers in the United States, the organization believes it is essential to support law enforcers during difficult times, and a holiday dedicated to them does just that.” 

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