Local reverend, TPD Explorers honored as Champions of Character

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A reverend was honored as a "Champion of Character" Wednesday for supporting his neighbors in need.

Ivan Greutur of West Side Baptist Church was awarded as a "Champion of Character" from the Safe Streets Coalition and Topeka City of Character.

Greuter started a food pantry for his neighbors in the Ward-Meade neighborhood. Additionally, his church helps those in the area with utilities and provides guidance and inspiration for those who ask for it.

"Deborah Edwards and I work together to get Habitat for Humanity to build a house in our neighborhood and this last winter, worked together to make sure all the children at Meadows Elementary school had running water and electricity for Christmas," Greuter said.

Rev. Grueter also helps with the Neighborhood Improvement Association to help them decide what the Ward-Meade neighborhood needs.

Two Topeka Police Department Explorers were honored with Keys to Character, also from Safe Streets.

Delaney Block and Dylan Dreher are leaders inside the program, which is associated with the Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by TPD.

Delaney is a Major. She's the head Explorer and organizes events and trips to competitions. Dylan is Lieutenant. He keeps all the records and makes sure all activities run smoothly.

"It actually gave me a lot of skills in anything you would need the skills in to be a good leader," Dylan said. "I'm able to help lead activities, I'm also able to help train people myself and it's just made it easy for me to be able to go out and recruit other people to join the program as well."

Dylan said the Explorers program is a good stepping stone toward a career in law enforcement.