Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputies Hector Ramirez (pictured, left) and Albert Padilla (pictured, center) presented a check to Esperanza House Executive Director Mike Turner (pictured, right), Monday.
The money came from the deputies’ earnings when they worked as volunteers serving food at High Chaparral Cafe during the Cops n Country Cookin’ Benefit Lunch on Saturday, June 29.
The two deputies worked a total of four hours each from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise funds for Esperanza House. Padilla and Ramirez both said it was a good experience that allowed citizens to view law enforcement from a different perspective.
“It was a lot of fun. We got to meet a lot of good people,” said Ramirez.
Padilla agreed: “It was good experience. I can tell you I will never rush a waitress again.”
Officers from the Roswell Police Department also participated. Their proceeds went to the local Police Explorers program. Sheriff Rob Coon chose to donate their funds to Esperanza House. He said Esperanza House provided valuable services to the community. “We use them frequently.”
Esperanza House does confidential forensic interviews for the victims of child abuse.
Turner said that the money would go to the school programs, which Esperanza House gives to raise awareness among students. Topics discussed include prevention of abduction and sexual abuse.
“We’ve been here for 20 years in Roswell and are supported very well by the community,” said Turner, adding that he appreciated the deputies’ efforts in raising the funds.