Local youth went fishing with law enforcement Saturday in McCracken County for a tournament hosted in memory of late Paducah Police Department officer Mike Carpenter.
The McCracken County and Ballard County sheriff's departments joined to host "Cops and Bobbers," a fishing event started in the 1990s by Carpenter that entails children fishing with law enforcement. Around 50 children from ages 5 to 15 participated in Saturday's event, which took place on private property in Kevil.
Trophies were presented to the top three places in three age groups and every child received a door prize. The tournament also included lunch.
McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter told The Sun it was a "really" good day and everyone caught a lot of fish. He wants "Cops and Bobbers" to grow, involve more law enforcement agencies and plans for it to become an annual event again.
In a Facebook post, Carter thanked the children's parents for their involvement and sponsors that made the event possible, including area businesses and several churches.
He also thanked Ballard County Sheriff Ronnie Giles and his deputies for spearheading the event and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for providing equipment.
"Our kids are our future and we feel it's important to take time to invest in them," Carter wrote in the post.
"Hopefully, these young boys and girls will remember today for a long time and have many positive memories that will last a lifetime."