Appreciating law enforcement


MASON CITY, Iowa – After the ambush-style shootings of two police officers this week in the Des Moines area, people are stopping by local law enforcement offices to show their support.

Derek Saltou, owner and head coach of Crossfit Chiron, took time Friday to drop off coffee to the Mason City Police Department and to the Iowa State Patrol office in Mason City.

“Our officers and law enforcement just in general need to know that we appreciate them,” said Saltou. “And we respect them and really care for them.”

Mason City Police Officer Jason Trask said the department always appreciates gifts from the public. “It’s really comforting to us to know the citizens and the people around our area really care for us.”

As people continue to show gratitude to local law enforcement with gifts, Hy-Vee East in Mason City is collecting money for the families of the Des Moines area officers that were shot and killed this week.

“I felt like it was the least we could do, to try and collect something to give back,” said Todd Robertson, Hy-Vee East store director.

Robertson said the store will be collecting donations until Sunday. He said the Des Moines area Hy-Vee stores have volunteered to donate $25,000 to each of the families of the Des Moines area officers.


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