Lawrence Police Dept. brings back community safety day, wing-eating contest


The Lawrence Police Dept. will conduct its annual community safety day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Fire Station 40, 9530 E. 59th St.

“It’s going to focus on community safety resources, so there will be police, fire and EMS demonstrations,” Deputy Chief of Police Gary Woodruff said.

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Activities include a vehicle extrication demonstration, a SWAT demonstration, a K-9 demonstration and a use-of-force demonstration.

One of the main draws of the event is the wing-eating contest, which pits Lawrence Fire Dept. and LPD staff against each other. There are five members on each team, and each member has to eat eight chicken wings in Buffalo Wild Wings’ hottest sauce before the next team member can start. Whichever team finishes first wins.

“It’s like a relay,” Woodruff said. “The two chiefs anchor the event, the fire chief and police chief. This will be Year Four. The first year the police department won, then the fire department won, and then the police department won last year. It’s meant to be a fundraiser. Funds in years past have gone to the Lawrence Township Schools Foundation and the fallen police officer and firefighter memorial funds.”

The Just Wingin’ It contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to other activities, there will be a bicycle safety course, an aerial ladder rescue demonstration and different entities from around the city with booths to educate the community on available resources.