Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m., at the Sauk Rapids VFW, the Central MN Emergency Services Chaplaincy Group and the Benton County Mounted Patrol will be holding a steak fry, meat raffle and silent auction at the Sauk Rapids VFW to raise funds to benefit the two ongoing programs. The Central Minnesota Emergency Services Chaplaincy Program (CMESC) provides highly trained volunteer Chaplains certified through the International Conference of Police Chaplains who serve Sheriff and Police Departments throughout Central Minnesota, assisting as critical links with law enforcement personnel and persons who are in crisis. They also provide support to law enforcement officers in dealing with issues and stress arising from the performance of their duties. CMESC is a nonprofit volunteer group serving those who serve and protect. The Benton County Mounted Patrol was formed in 1994 to assist the Sheriff's Department in search and rescue missions as their primary goal. It has since expanded its duties to provide security at different functions in Benton County, such as the Benton County Fair and other large crowd gatherings. The group prides itself on riding in area parades and participating in training exercises of all types. In the past, the Mounted Patrol has raised funds and received donations for portable radios, chaps, saddlebags and other First Responder equipment. Most of all, they are volunteers spending many hours a year in valuable service to their community in a way they deem best with their working companion - their horse.