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Legion Riders honor HPD for support

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

A local veteran's organization honored the Hays Police Department on Tuesday night for its support.

"Every time we call, they're there," said American Legion Riders Chapter No. 173 Director Lambert Staab regarding the Hays Police Department. "They do a great job."

Hays American Legion Riders Post No. 173, Hays, presented Police Chief Don Scheibler with an appreciation plaque at Hays American Legion.

During the presentation, Staab said the organization appreciated law enforcement efforts in assisting the riders during their local rally last summer.

The Hays Police Department, comprised of more than 80 members, provides traffic control for the American Legion Riders throughout the year for events such as funerals, rallies and rides. The American Legion Riders also host send-offs for troops being deployed and welcome-home events for troops coming back from deployment.

"Last summer, (American Legion Riders) had a national rally that they hosted here in Hays," said Hays Police Lt. Brandon Wright. "We were able to assist them with multiple rides leaving town.

"They leave with large groups of motorcycles and really appreciate us being able to clear the road for them and make sure they can get out in a group and not leave stragglers behind."

Lending a helping hand to the riders, Scheibler said, is one way the police department can express its gratitude for the efforts of the organization.

"Their willingness to stand up and defend what's important: God, country and this community," Scheibler said. "It's an organization I'm personally proud of."