Trumann Easter egg hunt helps officers cope with tragedy

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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The Trumann Police Department is still adjusting after the lost of Officer Jonathan Schmidt. Just over a week ago, Officer Schmidt was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Saturday, the Cops for Kids Easter Egg Hunt gave officers the opportunity to interact with the community in a low key atmosphere.

"I think it's good for us. It's part of the healing process for the department," said Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher. He says the Cop for Kids Easter Egg Hunt was just the right medicine to start the healing, and an event Officer Schmidt was proud to support.

"I know he would want us to do it for the kids. So I couldn't see us not doing it," said Rusher.

"It seems to be helping everyone out. We're all trying to get into better spirits. It's a tough deal, but we're all trying to get through it. He's a big family man. We're trying to keep on doing what we would any other day just for him," said Officer Jared Rolland.

And there were plenty of smiling faces, and colored eggs. Kids got to slide down a blow-up slide, bounced on a moon bounce, and interact with the Easter Bunny.

"This is for a lot of kids, and it's a big event for them," said Rusher.

Officer Rolland says while it's been tough, the department will keep going and wants the community to know they're still there. "I mean we just can't stop what we're doing and give up. The town still needs a police department, still needs support from us. The town has been real supportive of us. So we're glad to get out here and help them out."

Hundreds of kids filled the City Park in Trumann. Chief Rushers says the event has taken place for the past sixteen years, and put on entirely by donations.

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