Students Bake Cookies for Local First Responders

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It's summer, but one group of Bristow Elementary students is already in the classroom for a good cause.

"We're making cookies and we're going take them to the police station, EMS and the fire department," said Madalyn Johnson, a student in the Junior Beta Club. "We're going to give them to them, and just tell them how much we appreciate what they do."

It's called "Cookies for the Courageous," and Andrea Heming started the project to honor her cousin, Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis, who was shot and killed on his way home in late May when he stopped to clear debris from a ramp on Bluegrass Parkway.

"As they're still searching for who did this, I think about him and pray about them a lot and just hope everyone else continues to do that," Heming said.

Heming turned her grief into a chance to show gratitude for those risking their lives to protect others -- like her cousin did.

"Just being at that funeral and seeing how much police and fire and EMS do for us, I just really wanted to give back," she said.

She said it's a small way to thank those who don't get enough thanks.

She also said the Junior Beta Club members were eager to help -- bringing cookie dough, making cards and even waiting until later for a snack.

"Amazingly enough, they haven't eaten any of the cookies," Heming said.

And the Bowling Green Police Department was thankful for that as they accepted full boxes of cookies that were still warm from this morning.

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