South Daytona police, firefighters hand out free 'tickets' to students

Students get free Slurpees coupons on first day of school

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Officer Anthony LaBombard and Interim Police Chief Ron Wright hand Natalie Paterni, 7, a pencil and Slurpee® coupon as she heads to her second grade class at South Daytona Elementary School.

SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. - As students at South Daytona Elementary School made their way to their first day of classes, police and firefighters "ticketed" many children.

The students were given coupons for a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven and new pencil as part of Operation Chill.

Operation Chill is a program that is used to encourage good behavior by children and to support healthy law enforcement community relations.

More than 150 students were greeted by law enforcement, like South Daytona firefighter Ty Epling, according to the City of South Daytona.

"This is a great way to build relationships with the children in our community," Officer Anthony Labombard said. "Kids love Slurpee drinks and officers like the opportunity to approach children in a positive, non-authoritative role to reward good behavior."

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