Local volunteers continue to honor first responders for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka community continues to honor local first responders.

Thursday, TPD Citizen's Academy Ambassadors partnered with businesses to serve the classic Kansas pair of chili and cinnamon rolls to police and dispatch. The meal was for Wednesday's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

The Ambassadors wanted to thank officers for all they do.

'Everyday is a hazardous job for them and I know that because I'm a volunteer on the other side, in the VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) program," said Phil Ortega, the Vice President of the Ambassadors. "We know that the need is there so that's why we wanna say thank you and help them in any way we can."

Businesses who helped out included Bradley's Corner Cafe, El Chilar, Herman's, Envista and Highway 24 Auction.

The Red Cross says Wednesday's blood drive to honor National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was a success!

People rolled up their sleeves to donate 43 pints of blood.

The Topeka Police Department and Kansas Concerns for Police Survivors worked with the Red Cross on the event.