KENNEWICK, Wash. - Benton County Sheriff's deputies help protect the community, but on Wednesday local organizations partnered to help protect them from the sun.
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center along with Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology donated baseball caps branded with the department's logo and sunscreen. Since officers are often outside or driving, organizers felt they needed some cover-up from the sun to reduce their risk of skin cancer.
"They are outdoors an awful lot and they wear short sleeved shirts and the sun is awfully strong, even on a cloudy day like this in this part of the world," said CBHO Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Rado.
Dr. Rado says they hope by providing the ball caps and sunscreen, it will not only protect the deputies from the risk of skin cancer, but also create awareness amongst other officers.