Volunteer police compile calendar as fundraiser

LOCAL VIEWS—Jim Herdegen, a Rockford Police Services Unit volunteer, has taken over 30,500 pictures with his Fuji digital camera. A dozen of the best are found in a calendar offered for sale by the Rockford Police. Department.

LOCAL VIEWS—Jim Herdegen, a Rockford Police Services Unit volunteer, has taken over 30,500 pictures with his Fuji digital camera. A dozen of the best are found in a calendar offered for sale by the Rockford Police. Department.

Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones considers the efforts of his Volunteer Police Services Unit a big part of the success of policing in Rockford. Without pay, the force mans the Welcome Center in Squires Street Square, assists in patrolling Rockford parks and the White Pine Trail, and performs various other duties.

“There is no funding for this,” said Sam Russell, who has implemented and organized the volunteered units.

Since the volunteers know Rockford well and work in all seasons, they have seen many views of Rockford that shoppers and residents may not have had the chance to see. Now they can. Jim Herdegen, rarely without his camera and a self-described photo buff, has chosen a selection of his photos, which have been made into a calendar and offered for sale for just $10.

Herdegen’s favorite, a view of the Welcome Center, since volunteers spend many hours there, is joined by classic shots of Rockford, including a fall color shot of the Rogue River, a summer view of the Rockford Dam, and a beautiful photo of the Little Red School House.

The calendars are available at the Rockford Police Department, the Welcome Center during business hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at City Hall on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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