Fundraiser provides scholarships for children of Tyler police

Fundraiser provides scholarships for children of Tyler police

A partnership between Tyler Police and Allen Samuels Dodge could get you a new truck, for just $50.

Only 1,000 tickets are being sold and the proceeds will be awarded as $5,000 college scholarships to the children of Tyler Police Department employees.

Police Chief Gary Swindle said this is a way the community can give back to the department.

"It's a dangerous job, they work hard and a lot of times when we're at home asleep in bed at night, the police officers are out there, the dispatchers are here dispatching and so it makes a big difference," Swindle said. "They got a tough job and this is a way the community can support them and support their kids."

For Mike McClean at Allen Samuels, it's a way he says he can help the folks who help everyone else, and it's a topic that hits close to home.

"My father being a policeman for 20 years and the chief telling me about his two children going to college and the expense of it, I thought, 'I've got to be able to give back to the community,'" McClean said. "So we worked on this for a couple of months and came up with the Children of Tyler Police Department Scholarship Fund."

You can buy a ticket through July and the drawing will be held on August 19th.

We're told there are about 600 tickets left, and you do not have to be present at the drawing to win.

If you can't make it to the police department or the dealership to buy a ticket, you can also get one by mail.

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