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State Patrol promotes safe trick-or-treating

November 1, 2016

Nebraska State Troopers were out and about Monday night helping trick-or-treaters stay safe.

Nebraska State Patrol Sergeant Brian Buxbaum along with other patrol personnel from Troop E were in the area promoting safe trick-or-treating. For the second year, they handed out glow-in-the-dark bracelets, necklaces and candy to area trick-or-treaters. Buxbaum said the bracelets and necklaces grow brightly and help trick-or-treaters stand out to motorists after it gets dark.

“I already ran out of candy,” Buxbaum said as he visited with children at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Scottsbluff. “I had a really big group here. It was a huge success.”

Prior to the event, troopers visited area schools and spoke to children about being safe in the community on “the big night.”

Buck L. Up, an agency mascot, also stopped in at area schools.

The State Patrol teamed up with Allo Communications for the event.

With a sometimes difficult job, Buxbaum said handing out bracelets and candy for children was a good opportunity for community outreach as well.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Buxbaum said. “It’s very satisfying. I get a lot of gratification.

“Any time we can get out and do something positive — especially with the kids — we’re going to do it.”

Throughout the night, parents shook Buxbaums hand and thanked him for his service to the area. Even a child thanked Buxbaum he said.

Thirty minutes into parking at Lincoln Heights Elementary, Buxbaum had run out of candy and necklaces.

“I’m probably halfway through my bracelets,” he said.

The event is specific to Nebraska State Patrol Troop E, which covers the Panhandle.

Buxbaum said the event was the brainchild of Capt. Jamey Balthazar.

Troopers were also in Alliance and Gering keeping handing out glow-in-the-dark materials, keeping trick-or-treaters safe.

“This kids love this,” Buxbaum said. “We just want to keep kids safe.”