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First Kids & Cops Gary Sanderson Scholarships presented


Marione Martin

Top: Former Alva Police Chief Gary Sanderson (left) holds a certificate for a new Kids & Cops scholarship presented in his name to AHS graduate Ali Harzman (right). In the center is current Alva Police Chief Ben Orcutt. Bottom: The first Kids & Cops Retired Chief Gary Sanderson scholarships were presented July 20 at the Alva City Council meeting. From left are Gary Sanderson, Alva Police Chief Ben Orcutt and Ron Vasquez Jr. who received the award.

Since the Kids & Cops began in 2016, the organization has grown both in the amount of donations and the events they have sponsored. The first event was a deserving youngster paired with a law enforcement officer to shop for Christmas gifts. The past couple of summers, the group organized a day of family fun in Hatfield Park.

For the first time this year, Kids & Cops collected donations for $500 college scholarships to graduating Alva seniors. Monday night at the city council meeting, Police Chief Ben Orcutt explained scholarships are named in honor of Gary Sanderson who retired as p...

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