FITCHBURG (WKOW) — A non-profit organization was in Fitchburg Friday to help first responders ensure that all kids in a crisis can be comforted and distracted.
REACH-A-Child provides First Responders with REACH BAGS filled with books geared towards children ages two through 12.
Friday, the organization refilled the bags for Fitchburg’s police and fire department. Each squad or emergency vehicle is equipped with a first responder bag containing 20 children’s books and drawstring backpacks.
When a first responder encounters a child in crisis they offer the child a book which they can keep. The first responder also gives the child a drawstring backpack to put the book in.
The Allen Maxwell Farmers Insurance Agency funded the refills so police can continue to comfort kids.
“We receive testimonials from first responders regularly, at least weekly, and they tell us that the children appreciate the fact that they are able to have this relationship with a firefighter or with a police officer,” said Executive Director, Curt Fuszard.
Currently, the entire fleet of Wisconsin State Patrol vehicles and over 115 sheriff, police, fire and EMS Departments across the state carry reach bags.