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Claremore first responders compete to raise money for Salvation Army

Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 18:02:38-05

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- The competition is heating up in Claremore as local law enforcement and fire meet around the red kettle to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army.

You could call it the battle of the bell.

“We are out here to try and support the Salvation Army,” Maj. Coy Jenkins with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office said. “We are ringing the bell.” 

The Claremore Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department are all in it to win it.

“Each one of these three groups using one day this week to try to bring in as many donations as we can,” Maj. Jenkins said.

Rain or shine, these men and women in uniform are all working for the same cause.

“It doesn’t matter what the weather is,” Maj. Jenkins said. “If you need them they do a fantastic job in supporting our community and feeding people.”

The competition is stiff.

“No smack talk, but definitely drawing looks,” Maj. Jenkins said.

The battle to win is fierce, but the common goal, makes everyone a winner. 

“If our bucket is down we may have to start dividing up some money ourselves.”

The competition ends Wednesday when the Claremore Fire Department takes its turn ringing the bell.

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