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Police Play Paintball to Help Families of Dallas Officers

Three groups in Moline have teamed up to raise money for the families of police officers who were killed in Dallas. This morning, the Moline Police Benevolent and Protective Association took on Moline firefighters in a paintball match.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

On the hottest, muggiest day of the summer, Moline police and firefighters played paintball at Green Valley Sports Complex. Covered from head to toe in dark blue, black, gray, or camouflage, the "arch enemies" also wore required safety masks, which made them sweat even more.

Smiling man with glasses with police badge
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Scott Williams, President of the Moline Police Benevolent & Protective Association

Association President, Scott Williams, says the fundraiser was Action Valley Paintball's idea. "They supplied all the paint guns and ammo to let the officers come and let off some steam and play paintball." He says the Moline officers are very grateful for the support local residents have shown them in recent weeks. The officers and firefighters pledged to give the Dallas Police Association survivors fund $400, and they hope a lot more people will be inspired to donate, too.

After five, hotly contested games, the cops earned bragging rights, winning three out of five.

Donations may be mailed to Assist the Officer, 1412 Griffin Street East, Dallas, Texas 75215.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.