Kewaunee first responders help kids in crisis

File photo (WLUK/Ben Krumholz)

(KEWAUNNE COUNTY) WLUK -- First Responders in Kewaunee County have a new way of connecting with children in the area.

The sheriff's department received 20 "Reach Bags," courtesy of Reach-A-Child, a non-profit based in Madison.

Each bag contains children's books and a draw-string backpack.

First Responders use these when helping children found in crisis situations.

Often, the officers will let the child pick a book, and they'll read together.

Reach-A-Child hopes children will remember reading the books rather than a bad situation.

Curtis Fuszard, Executive Director of Reach-A-Child, says reading the books sheds a positive light on first responders.

"With regard to the books that we provide for the first responders in a positive environment all of a sudden they're having this library of books at their home pointing to it and saying that was courtesy of officer Tommy Foyez, or Sheriff Matt Joski of Kewaunee. "

Reach-A-Child now provides "Reach Bags" in every state patrol vehicle across Wisconsin.

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