Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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KSP Post 4 Shop with a Trooper
Date of News Release: 12/22/2011
(Elizabethtown, Ky.) –- Master Trooper Norman Chaffins reported that he has been involved with Shop With A Trooper every year for the past 17 years. It seems that each year gas prices have increased, more citizens are laid off from their jobs, more homes are in foreclosure, and the economy has been in bad shape. However, one thing that has not changed is the giving spirit of the people in Post 4's area. Today, while doing Shop With A Trooper at the Leitchfield WalMart, Trooper Chaffins noticed an elderly gentleman dressed in an old flannel shirt and a pair of dirty ripped up blue jeans, with tears in his eyes talking with Trooper Jason Drane. Trooper Drane had his arm around this man and told him why we were there with the kids. As he walked away, he handed Tpr. Drane a 100 dollar bill as a donation to our program. Trooper Chaffins saw that this man was deeply affected by his encounter with Tpr. Drane. But that's not all, he approached the SWAT coordinator, Jodi Shacklette, as he was leaving the store and asked if we were going to be there for a while in which she replied yes. He reached in his pocket and handed her 10 more 100 dollar bills. He told Jodi that he had spent all he was going to spend and that he wanted the kids to have the rest. He donated $1,100.00. He did not wish to leave his name and left the store in tears of joy for the events that went on that day. The Troopers and SWAT volunteers were deeply affected by his actions and will likely remain with them for years to come.
In 2011, we raised a total of $14,865.00 for Shop With A Trooper, the most Post 4 have ever raised. $2,325 of that was from the KSP car giveaway. The remaining $12,540 was from local businesses and private citizens. KSP Post 4 were able to shop with 97 children who would not have otherwise received gifts on Christmas Day.Although there is no tracking system with kids who participate in SWAT, Trooper Chaffins would bet that there are a few whose lives are forever changed because of the positive impact of the SWAT EVENTS. KSP Post 4 also treated the children to pizza after the shopping spree. A local Hardin County couple came into Post 4 last month and donated $5,000 for SWAT. It's people like that who make this program possible. Post 4 Troopers work the road everyday. Our Dispatchers deal with the public everyday. For the most part we deal with takers in our society. Shop With A Trooper gives up the opportunity to work with givers. Below is a list of those who gave to SWAT.
WalMart, William and Donella Taylor, KSPPA, Carl's Auto Care, Doug's Towing, Waste Transport Services, Nall's Wrecker Service, the Joy Sunday School Class, Swope Auto Center, Tom Franklin, North Hardin Christian School PTO, T and M Hack, Lucas Auction Company, Mackin's Wrecker Service, Brown Funeral Home, Hall's Specialized Hauling, Barbara Key, Stephen Mouser, Mouser Custom Cabinetry, Vine Grove Body Shop, Kay Strainey, Bud and Lola Gregory, David and Sharon Smith, Debra and James Pierce, Donna England, Anonymous male, Anonymous elderly man at WalMart.