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Officers Handing Out Free Bicycle Helmets

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Nearly a dozen local kids will be safer when riding their bikes this summer thanks to a helmet hand-out Monday at Lively Park in Springfield.

Springfield police and Willamalane Parks and Recreation teamed up to teach kids about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Officers showed kids that it doesn’t take a major crash to cause a serious head injury on a bike.

They say, their goal is get a helmet to any kid in need.

“We need to get everybody a helmet who needs one because you know in this economy not everyone can afford them, so it is important that we have these types of things where we can hand them out to kids who don’t necessarily have them or parents who can buy them for them,” said Officer Jason Molony.

Each kid that showed up was given a free helmet thanks to a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

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