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December 20, 2011 Phill Maxwell, Midland/Odessa Division Supervisor, Western District of Texas (432) 686-4100
Sheriff's Deputies and U.S. Marshals Work Together in Shop with a Cop

W/TX Shop with a CopMidland, TX – As her toys were unloaded from the cart onto the conveyor belt, 7-year-old Jackie Vasquez said there was only one word to describe her shopping experience: “fun!”

"I didn't sleep at all last night, and I got up early today to get ready," she said dancing near the checkout lane at Target.

Jackie was one of 40 children in crisis situations who was given the chance to go shopping with a law enforcement officer in the sixth annual Shop with a Cop.

Members of the Midland County Deputy Sheriff's Association hold a fundraiser each year to provide $100 gift cards to Midland children who may not be able to have Christmas. Sponsorships helped cover the costs for this year's event, said sheriff's office Sgt. Alan Thompson, association vice president.

Staff from Child Protective Services and Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center selected the children who participated, he said.

U.S. Marshals, Midland County Sheriff's deputies, and other local and federal officers volunteered to help the children shop, Thompson said. Deputies from neighboring Martin County also volunteered.

Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Midland office of the Western District of Texas who participated were Jay Easley, Kasei Byford, and Tommy Reese.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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