Raising Money to Help Local Military Families
The 2nd annual Patriot’s Day wrapped up in Benton County, supporting military, law enforcement officers, fire and rescue members in Northwest Arkansas.
The national group Sheep Dog Impact Assistance hosted the event Saturday at the Center of Nonprofits in Rogers.
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance President and founder Lance Nutt said the organization adopts families of service men and women during the holidays.
“Those children give us a wish list of items they want for Christmas, and we take care of making sure they have the best Christmas possible,” said Lance Nutt, who’s also a Marine.
Patriot Day 2012, which honors those who lost their lives in 9/11, also recognized the “sheep dogs,” or protectors, in the community: members of the military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue services.
“If you walk up and shake the hand of a veteran, service man or a woman, why not walk up and shake the hand of a policeman and fireman at the same time appreciating that they put their life on the line every day,” Nutt said.
Several military representatives said it’s important to never forget the fallen heroes of 9/11.
“That is an important part in our history and to show support not only to the community but also the service members that are currently in Afghanistan,” said Marine Sgt. Samuel Sanchez.
Local law enforcement such as officers from the Rogers Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and its SWAT team were demonstrating what it’s like to be in their shoes for one day.
“The kids get to come out and look at all the trucks and equipment, try on all the wonderful gear and see what it takes to be a cop for a day,” said Sgt. Thomas See of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance helps anyone from veterans returning home, to those who lost a family member in the line of duty.
“If you have a background in serving, you can reach out to an organization that understands the challenges of being a sheep dog and also appreciates those sacrifices,” Nutt said.
Reporter Jocelyne Pruna will bring you coverage from the event tonight on 5NEWS.