LONDON, KY (December 14, 2019) - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: 35 Laurel Sheriff's supervisors, deputies, bailiffs, court security officers all had the privilege to help with Laurel County's "Shop with a Cop" program on Saturday morning December 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM.at Walmart in London.
This year's event reached 226 Laurel County children and is an annual event funded solely by donations from area businesses, groups, and individuals. This event originated as the Cumberland Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 28.
Presently the program is the Cumberland Valley Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop and is in its 24th year providing a Christmas for children from all over Laurel County. The children spend $125 per child with $100 of it being spent on clothing and $25 on toys. The early founding fathers included Don and Virginia Wattenbarger and Laurel County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Chris Edwards (the current President of Laurel County’s “Shop with a Cop”).
Also assisting at today's event was: Jamie Harrison -Secretary/Treasurer of “Laurel’s Shop with a Cop” and he is also a staff member of Community Trust Bank, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department, London City Police, London Rotary Club, One Main, Macedonia United Methodist Church, LPD Officer Kenny Jones (Vice President of Laurel’s “Shop with a Cop”) and numerous other volunteers.
A very special recognition to the now deceased Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Don Wattenbarger for his lifelong commitment and support of Laurel County's "Shop with a Cop"!!
Laurel Sheriff John Root: “Thanks again to everyone for making this such a successful and blessed event today!!”