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IPD helps students through Shop with a Cop

Event took place Tuesday at Ashland Town Center

ASHLAND, Ky. — For the second straight year, the Ironton Police Department helped out 20 students from Ironton Middle School through its Shop with a Cop program Tuesday at the Ashland Town Center.

“We reach out to the middle school, and they picked out 20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders who they thought needed some help around this time of year,” Ironton Police Detective Joe Ross said.

This year, the department raised $5,000, allowing each student to spend $250 on whatever they wanted at the mall, and prior to going to the mall, the students were treated to lunch at the Ironton City Center.

Along with Ross, others who helped out with the event included Sgt. Jamie Pruitt’s fiancé, Erica Bryant, Sgt. Brian Pauey and his girlfriend, Patrol Officer Kersten Harris, Patrol Officer John Breeding and his fiancé, Patrol Officer John Hammonds and his wife, Police Chief Dan Johnson, Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith and several parents.

“We take donation for the event all year, and are already have started taking donations for next year,” Ross said.
Anyone who wants to make a donation toward next year’s IPD Shop with a Cop event can drop them off at the Ironton Police Department throughout the year.