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Manchester Community Comes Together to Back the Blue

The Manchester community came together to “back the blue” last night.

Delaware County Pay It Forward hosted National Night Out at Tirrill Park, with food, games and kids’ activities – and an opportunity to hang out with law enforcement from the Manchester Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol.

Jon Stickney of Manchester serves as the Public Resource Officer for the Iowa State Patrol’s District 10 Office.

Stickney was getting an opportunity to talk with kids who were participating in the scavenger hunt.

That’s Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Jill Knipper, who was greeting kids during the scavenger hunt with Brian Waid of the Manchester PD.

Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild was first up in the dunk tank, getting dunked half a dozen times as people started to pour into the park.

People were also donating money into tip jars that featured a local law enforcement officer’s photo – with the winner getting a pie in the face at the end of the night. Those “winners” were Jon Stickney, Iowa State Trooper Devin Brooks and Manchester Police Officer Brad Comer.

There was face painting, free balloons and bounce houses too. And Adeline McDowell of Manchester was enjoying some free cotton candy.

Jeremy McDowell thought it was important for the family to come out so the kids could be reminded of one thing.

Chief Hauschild says they appreciate that kind of support – and that’s what “Back the Blue” is all about.

As the Chief mentioned, all the proceeds from last night’s “Back the Blue” event in Manchester are being donated to Linn County Deputy Will Halverson, the deputy who was shot during the armed robbery in Coggon earlier this summer.

photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH

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