Joplin police and fire compete to help the Salvation Army

Joplin police and fire red kettle challenge

The boys in blue and red take part in a competition to help the Salvation Army.

The Joplin Police and Fire Departments were at the 15th street Walmart today, once again taking part in the red kettle challenge.

This is the third year the departments have competed, asking shoppers to pick a side to see who can raise the most money for The Salvation army.

The first year the fire department won.. but last year the police won.. so this year, of course, is serving as the tie breaker.

The chiefs for both departments say it’s a great way to have fun and help a good cause.

Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Chief:”For years the police and fire have always kind of given each other a hard time about what we do, but at the end of the day, really whenever it’s time to go to work, we’re all on the same team, we’re all working towards the same goal.”

Jim Furgerson, Joplin Fire Chief:”It’s fun.. like I said, it’s a great way to help out the community, it’s a great way to help out Salvation Army, and we just love to do it.”

The Salvation Army says when volunteer groups ring bells, donations are often double or triple what paid ringers receive.