The 55th Recruit Officer Class (ROC) from the Western Massachusetts Police Academy in Springfield recently made a donation of over $1500 worth of food items to the Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. For more than two decades, Rock 102’s Mayflower Marathon has helped fill the shelves of Springfield’s Open Pantry by bringing the community together to help fight hunger. Traditionally, the goal is to fill three 48-foot tractor trailers with non-perishable food during a 52-hour broadcast from the parking lot of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The student officers of the 55th ROC were in their third week of training and had begun collecting non-perishable food items in their classroom a week in advance. On November 23rd, the student officers reported for duty early, and courtesy of the King Ward Bus Company, they transported their donations to the Basketball Hall of Fame. While checking in their donations, the student officers were also able to assist other people unloading and bringing their food items to the site. Early in their policing careers, the members of the 55th ROC are beginning the tradition of service by giving back to the community.
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