Jerome Fire and Police to raise money for coats for kids in need

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Jerome City Fire and the Jerome Police Department will be "Battling the Badges" to compete and raise money for coats for children.

This is the second year for the event and the first year that Jerome Police is involved.

The chief from each department will be raised on a scissor lift at the Idaho Central Credit Union parking lot in Jerome next Friday. Each department will raise money for 150 coats and will not be coming down until they reach their total goal of 300 coats.

Last year, Jerome Fire's goal was 200 coats and they exceeded it.

"It's an amazing feeling. For the kids in our community (they) just lack those necessities like coats and warm shoes. So it’s just a good feeling," he said of being able to raise that much money.

Last year, Presnell said the firemen were up on the lift for about seven hours, waiting to raise enough money.

Another incentive this year is for every $20 donated, you can be entered into a raffle to win an Xbox One package deal with a game and controller.

The event will be held Friday, Nov. 16 starting at 8 a.m.

Presnell said they will accept monetary donations or new coats. Gently used coats are not encouraged, as the departments do not have the means to clean them.

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