In this months KX gives back we made our way to Berthold to recognize the one and only member of the Berthold Police Department.
For police Chief Al Schmidt keeping his community safe and free from crime is his number one priority, but when the crime isn’t happening his focus is on bettering it.
“I always kind of make it a goal as to be not some much a law enforcement officer, but part of the community,” said Schmidt.
For a third year in row Schmidt spear-headed a Christmas toy drive for needy families in Ward County.
“We collected a large amount of toys and saved them for families that are struggling,” said Schmidt.
Those same families were also given food from the Berthold food pantry and other winter necessities.
“We estimated about 100 kids got 2-3 nice new gifts,” said Schmidt.
All the toys, food and clothes came from donations and fund raised money and the giving didn’t stop there. Last month, Schmidt learned about a local family whose house was burned down in a fire, so he scraped up some funds and presented them with a 1000 dollar check plus gifts for the four children who were affected.
“To me that’s how you serve your community and I think that’s an important part about being a police officer is serving your community,” said Schmidt.
Every Christmas and periodically through out the year Chief Schmidt and his dog Hunter pay a visit to the pediatric wing at Trinity Hospital and this year they were there days before the big holiday.
“Brought them toys into their room with their families and I had Hunter with me my K-9 and we just try to cheer their day up cause a lot of them they weren’t doing very well,” said Schmidt.
He wears a uniform to fight the bad guys, but deep down Chief Schmidt just wants to see a healthy, happier community.
Chief Schmidt is the only sworn officer, but rest assured when he needs back up he has it.