Keller honors regional law enforcement with donations

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KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WBAY) – Big checks were presented to law enforcement agencies in the Keller Inc. area on Friday afternoon as a thank you and help with needs that might not normally be funded .

Outside of the company’s headquarters in Kaukauna, it was a day to honor those who serve in law enforcement.

During a ceremony, a number of regional departments received money that will fund a variety of programs, from supporting K-9 units to purchasing AED units for individual patrol cars.

“Keller’s gift, we use it to update our equipment, our evidence area, purchase new items or update existing items, and what we are able to do is provide better service to the community, ”said Menasha’s Officer Nick Oleszak. Police Department.

Menasha Police were among the recipients, along with Appleton Police, Kaukauna Police, and the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department, among others.

All of this is happening after a difficult year for many who wear badges.

Keller President and CEO Cory VandeWettering added: “We feel like they have a bad reputation in the public and this is a tough time for them, and we wanted to show our support and that’s one way for us to do it. . “

Keller started this program seven years ago, and each year they donate around $ 40,000.

This year, that amount was distributed among 15 different ministries.

After receiving the money, the officers lined up where the Keller workers provided a personal thank you with a handshake to accompany the donation.

“You know, it was really great to see the support from all of the employees at Keller. The fact that they all wanted to interact with us, shake our hands, thank us personally, it really touched my heart and I know many of my peers would feel the same way, ”Deputy Chief Polly Olson said. from the Appleton Police Department.

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