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DeWitt Township Police hosts “Toy-Express” in honor of late sergeant

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 4:55 PM EST
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DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - DeWitt Township Police is putting on its own special event to help out Santa and give gifts to hundreds of boys and girls on the nice list. It’s all thanks to an organization supporting children and families of first responders.

In honor of the late Sergeant Bill Darnell who died after his battle with COVID-19, First Responders’ Children’s Foundation donated eight huge pallets filled with toys. They gifted around 800 items including things like dolls, action figures, and bikes.

DeWitt Township Police Chief Mike Gute reached out to the organization after Darnell passed. They paid for his funeral and now decided to take it a step further with their latest gift.

Gute says Darnell’s presence will forever be missed throughout the department and knows he would have loved the gesture because he was very involved within the community.

“He’s smiling down on us no doubt because Sgt. Darnell, he loved kids. He loved his own children. There’s no doubt about that... and to not have him doing that now is a huge loss. He is a huge loss to our community anyway, but this is something we can do in his memory to honor him for what he did for us,” said Mike Gute, DeWitt Township Police Chief.

Children will be able to pick out a toy from a table in front of the DeWitt Township firehouse on Tuesday, which is three days before Christmas.

The event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Anyone can participate. Masks are required.

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