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Cops, Kids, and Firefighters Join Together for Kittitas County Holiday Program

Forty-five children from elementary schools across Kittitas County are expected to participate in the holiday program Cops, Kids, and Firefighters on Saturday December 8, at 8 a.m. in Ellensburg. 


On Saturday, the children will meet at the Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue station, 400 E. Mountain View Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926, where the Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue firefighters will cook breakfast. After breakfast, children will be matched with a cop or firefighter as their shopping partner. They will then be escorted to Bi-Mart for their shopping spree.


“Every year we enjoy participating in this event, it’s a great experience for the first responders as well as the kids,” said Jason Berthon-Koch, CWU’s Police Chief. “Everyone has fun getting together and celebrating the holiday season.”


The money raised from this event will be divided among the children equally. They will use this money to purchase gifts in Bi-Mart for themselves, friends, and family. Donations are still being accepted. Donations can be mailed or dropped at the KVFR Fire Station, 400 E. Mountain View Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926.


Community members and local businesses donate new bikes and helmets to this event. These bikes are raffled off to the children during breakfast. If anyone would like to donate a bike and helmet, they can be dropped off at CWU Police Department, 1211 N Wildcat Way Ellensburg, WA 98926.


Media Contact: Masey Kalalau, Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,