Airmen help BCFD, BCPD provide comfort to children in need

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Pictured left to right: Fire Chief Brad Zagone, Bossier City Fire Department; Senior Airman Christine Blanco, United States Air Force; Staff Sergeant Faith Sturm, United States Air Force; and Deputy Chief of Police Jimmy Stewart, Bossier City Police Department

Bossier City police and fire personnel got a helping hand today from a Barksdale Air Force Base Airmen the next time they come in contact with a child during a traumatic situation.

Senior Airman Christine Blanco with the 2nd Medical Supply Squadron collected 150 stuff toy animals and donated them to the Bossier City Police and Fire Departments for officers and firefighters to hand out to children while on emergency calls for service. Senior Airman Blanco along with Staff Sergeant Faith Sturm delivered the toys this morning to Deputy Police Chief Jimmy Stewart and Fire Chief Brad Zagone at the Bossier City Police Department.

The toys will be placed in police patrol cars and in fire department vehicle for distribution to children during calls for service including fires, motor vehicle crashes or other incidents that can have distressing effect on a child. Bossier City first responders often give stuff toys to a child in these types of situations as a means of calming the child and providing comfort.

Senior Airman Blanco collected the toys from members of the Barksdale community as part of a leadership project to assist the local community.