February 09, 2021

Brrr! Contact Police If Someone Needs Attention; Place Winter Apparel Items on Statues




City Reminds Public To Place

Winter Apparel Items On Downtown Statues

RAPID CITY—With this period of extended bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills, the public is reminded to contact the Rapid City Police Department if they witness anyone struggling with the outside conditions.

Police officials advise the public if they see anyone in distress, struggling or in need of attention during dangerous weather events and conditions, contact them at 394-4131.  Police will work to find individuals shelter from the cold weather event.

            In addition, the City is reminding the public to keep the downtown presidential statues dressed in warm, winter attire to provide an important source of warmth for those in need. 

This is the sixth winter season, placement of winter apparel items such as gloves and mittens, hats, coats, socks, scarves and ear muffs has been authorized for placement on the downtown presidential statues. The items are often quickly collected and put to good use by those in need during cold and blustery winter days. The area is currently experiencing bitterly cold temperatures coupled with dangerous wind chill factors.

“With our bitterly cold weather over this extended period of time, that pair of gloves, or winter scarf or stocking cap has an immediate and perhaps life-saving impact on the person who stops to collect them,” said Mayor Steve Allender.  “For the person who donated it or placed the item on the statue, it's knowing that item will be making a difference in a person's life.  And most importantly, as the saying goes, if you see something, say something – if you see someone in distress or struggling out in the cold, contact the police.”

Winter apparel items are authorized for placement on the downtown statues from November 15 to March 15.

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