Gundersen partnering with La Crosse area law enforcement to reward kids for practicing water safety

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – Gundersen Health System is teaming up with law enforcement agencies to reward kids for staying safe this summer.

The effort is spearheaded by Safe Kids La Crosse Coulee Region, coordinated by Gundersen’s trauma injury prevention coordinator Megan Anderson. Officers from La Crosse PD, West Salem PD, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin DNR will be handing out coupons from local businesses for free treats when they see children acting in a safe manner. That includes but isn’t limited to everything from wearing life jackets, wearing bike helmets, to safely crossing the street in the crosswalk.

The Safe Kids La Crosse Coulee Region coalition manages three life jacket loaner stations funded by the DNR in the area, including at the West Copeland boat landing on the Black River in La Crosse, as well as a landing in Stoddard and another in Genoa.

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