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Fuzzy friends arrive at sheriff's office

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Aemi Thompson recently donated stuffed animals to the local sheriff's office. Officers will carry the animals in their vehicles to comfort children in crisis. Photo by Steven Looney
Some fuzzy friends arrived at the Salem Police and Fulton County Sheriff's Department offices last week.

Local resident Aemi Thompson said, "I am donating these stuffed animals for three reasons. I like to see good news in The News, I know the comfort I got from stuffed animals as a child, and I'm trying to generate more interest in the community to do the same."

Thompson said, "The officers, the EMT and the Sheriff's department would like to carry these to comfort kids in case of accidents or some other emergency. It gives them a little something to hang on to."

"A couple of these are from family members that know I used to collect these as a child and won't let me give up my habit," Thompson said.

A cute shaggy dog, the light bright color of a cartoon type bear and more were all part of the donation.

"I still have several at home. It's getting to be too big of a pile. I have no room for guests in my guest room," Thompson said.

The gift of these stuffed toys will be carried in squad cars and ambulances to comfort some small child in a frightening situation.

Because of the space needed to carry vital equipment in, an emergency vehicle, EMT's said they could only carry small toys, but would love to have something they might be able to use to comfort the small ones.

Chief Deputy Tom Hanselman accepted the toy donation from Thompson, at the Fulton County Sheriff's office.

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