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Hays Police officers get an icy chill

8/24/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

There were gasps and shrieks, laughter and cheers.

And when it was over -- a matter of seconds -- approximately 20 members of the Hays Police Department sat drenched Friday morning in chairs on the Hays High School lawn.

Students and staff helped the HPD meet the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge extended to them by the Hays Fire Department.

"It was a good opportunity to come together with Hays High," Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said.

The dousers were a mix of teachers and students, said Tom Albers, Hays High assistant principal.

There were some match-ups between the dousers and those being soaked.

Hays High sophomore Dylan Scheibler doused his father, Chief Scheibler, and Albers took his place behind Assistant Police Chief Brian Dawson's chair.

"I have a relationship with him as (former) school resource officer," Albers said.

While the policemen gathered on the school's lawn, students watched an ESPN video about the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Then they streamed out on the lawn to watch the challenge.

The event occurred during seminar, "so they're not missing class," Hays High Principal Marty Straub said.

Straub told the students Chief Scheibler came to him and said he needed help with a problem.

"We want to do something good, and we want Hays High to be part of it," Straub said Scheibler told him.

Students often see police officers under different circumstances, and this was a way to see them in a new light, Straub said.

Before completing the challenge, Scheibler told the students to try to improve themselves every day and work to make their environment better.

Then he challenged Hays High administrators.

Straub said he didn't want to get doused, and he, Albers and Chris Michaelis, Hays High athletic director, each would write a $100 check unless students and staff raised $1,000 for ALS.

"If the students and staff raise at least $1,000 for ALS by next Friday, all of the HHS principals will be doused," Straub wrote in an email.

With 750 students plus staff, there's 1,000 people associated with the school. That's a dollar each, he said.For each $1 donated to ALS, students will get a raffle ticket to write their names on.

"They can put their name on as many tickets as they're willing to donate $1 per ticket," Straub said. "Staff and parents can also buy if they're interested."

If the goal is met, the names of the people who will douse the principals will be drawn.

Scheibler also challenged HHS fall sports head coaches and lead music teachers, and the Ellis County Sheriff's Department to complete the challenge.

Head football coach Bo Black, one of the HPD dousers, said he and the other coaches would take up the challenge.