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Berks County police, firefighters race against crime

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Local police officers and firefighters got to unwind and put the pedal to the metal for a good cause.

Crime Alert Berks County hosted its third annual Race Against Crime at Slick Willy's in Wyomissing on Thursday.

"We have 50 policemen that are racing for $1,000 donation to their charity," said Christopher Nein, a Crime Alert vice president.

"This is a great event to get us out here in a less stressful environment to compete against my brothers for a good cause," said Sgt. Barry Marchut, Spring Township Police Department.

Crime Alert Berks also awarded winners of its annual student poster contest and presented the George Mack scholarship for local high school seniors pursuing law enforcement careers.

The theme of this year's poster contest was "Together We Make a Family."

  • 1st Place: Gabriel Brunner, Governor Mifflin Intermediate School
  • 2nd Place: Sophia Garman, Governor Mifflin Intermediate School
  • 3rd Place: Emily Horowitz, Tilden Elementary Center

Ashley Bonetz of Daniel Boone Area High School and Tanner Quigley of Hamburg Area High School were each awarded $1,000.

The Race Against Crime falls in the middle of National Police Week.

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