Marquette County police & fire departments raise over $6K for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — Fire and Police departments from across Marquette County rang Red Kettle bells last week to raise $6,512.35 for The Salvation Army in their ‘Rescue Christmas’ effort.

Five Red Kettle locations hosted both Police and Fire on Friday to collect donations in a head-to-head challenge.  In a four-hour challenge the Police departments raised $2,985.64 and the Fire departments raised $2,925.02.

The event was organized by Sheriff Greg Zyburt and Marquette Fire Chief Ian Davis, both members of The Salvation Army Advisory Board. 

Departments from Marquette, Marquette Township, Negaunee, and Forsyth participated for team Fire. The largest single Red Kettle was the Fire Department’s kettle at Walmart retail entrance.

The Marquette City Fire department also rang bells all day at Tadych’s EconoFoods in Marquette on Thursday, raising $601.69. 

“This time of year especially, The Salvation Army provides food for residents and other accommodations to help them out,” Chief Davis added. “Anything we can do to help them out, we want to do”.

“Marquette City Fire has adopted a day of bell ringing for us each year” said Captain Doug Winters of The Salvation Army.  “This brings our two-day total to $6,512.35 raised. It is so encouraging to get this support from our first responders.”

Units that participated for the Police included Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming Police, the County Sherriff and Michigan State Police. It was reported that the Police pulled out all the stops, using K9 units, a GoFundMe page, and even included their children in the bell ringing effort to slightly edge the Fire Departments in this challenge. 

“The real winner is The Salvation Army”, said Sheriff Zyburt. “What I’ve seen in my forty years as a police officer is how they have come to help all of the people of Marquette County.  If they need help, they come to The Salvation Army and get it.”

The Red Kettle effort extends to 2PM on Christmas Eve.

The community can still volunteer to ring bells this week by visiting to pick a day and place to ring in Ishpeming, Negaunee, or 6 locations in Marquette and Marquette Township. 

Totals for the Red Kettle effort in Marquette and Alger counties will be announced in early January.

Original: 12/18

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – There was some friendly competition going on around Marquette County Friday evening to help the Salvation Army.

Fire departments in the county went head-to-head with police departments in the county at five different locations ringing bells as part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

“For the last three years, we have held a competition,” said Sheriff Greg Zyburt, Marquette County Sheriff. “Last year, it was Marquette County Sheriff versus Marquette City and the year before it was Michigan State Police. This year, I decided to try something different and it’s a friendly competition.”

“We thought it would be a good idea to have a friendly competition,” said Ian Davis, Marquette City Fire Chief. “It’s fun for us. It’s fun for the police officers and anything we can do to increase donations, the better.”

Both ‘teams’ were at Walmart, Super Ones Foods in both Marquette and Negaunee, Jubilee Foods in Ishpeming and Larry’s Foods in Gwinn.

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