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Group donates teddy bears to Cabell EMS to help kids

March 4, 2019

HUNTINGTON — On Thursday, the Brothers In Blue, River Valley Chapter, presented Cabell County Emergency Medical Services with approximately 65 teddy bears.

The teddy bears have been provided through the “Freddie’s Teddies” program to help lessen a stressful situation when children are involved in emergency situations.

“We are doing this to honor the sister of one of our member’s who was killed in Huntington about a year and a half ago,” said Kyle “Bull” Slate, a member of the River Valley Chapter of the Brothers In Blue. “Her name is Jennifer Meadows, and her nickname was Freddie. She loved teddy bears and loved giving them to children.”

Slate is also an EMS paramedic in Cabell County.

“When children are in stressful situations, something cute and cuddly can reduce their anxiety, which helps us tremendously,” he said.

Slate said all Brothers In Blue members come from law enforcement, EMS, fire departments and department of corrections.

“We also want to thank the Brothers In Blue ‘Jersey Devil’ Chapter in Millville, New Jersey, for helping with this effort,” Slate said.

“We greatly appreciate the work that Freddie’s Teddies does and would like to thank Brothers In Blue, River Valley Chapter, for thinking of the children of Cabell County,” said Margy Blankenship, a secretary at Cabell County EMS.