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Law Enforcement Takes A Day Off to Teach Kids How to Fish

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This morning, law enforcement from around Bismarck-Mandan took a break from writing up tickets.. to teach life lessons.

Multiple officers, deputies, and Game and Fish wardens came together at East Park Lake for the 28th annual Cops and Kids fishing trip.

Macy Egeland and photojournalist Thomas Palanuk hit the water for this story.



During most days of the work week, this lake is normally a pretty quiet spot..

But today it's filled cops and kids.

"Here fishy fishy fishy," Dylan Curtiss said.

This is 12-year-old Dylan Curtiss.. and today is the first time he's ever been fishing or on a boat.

"I'm afraid that it's going to tip over sometimes," he said.

"It's fun it's just, it takes patience too," Dylan added.

This whole event was started for kids just like Dylan, who are eager to learn something new from those they look up to.

"Most of the time I think the kids see us just as police officers in uniform and now they actually get to see us without a uniform and that we are actual people too and we like to fish just like them," Bismarck Police Deputy Chief Randy Ziegler said.

Deputy Chief Ziegler has been a part of this event for the past 6 years.. and like many of the volunteers, it keeps reeling him back in.

"Just being with the kids and just kind of helping them fish and teaching them how to fish is pretty rewarding," Ziegler said.

"The kids always have fun.. always. Even if they don't catch a fish, there's just something about spending the day out on the lake with an officer," Event Coordinator Teresa Carrigan said.

Fishing may not catch on with every kid, but the chance to land a big one, with the men and women in uniform is an experience they won't soon forget.

In East Park Lake, Macy Egeland.. KX News.



Dylan ended up catching his own walleye in the afternoon.

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