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Lucas Killick is honored as the August Community Builder at the Community Supper Aug. 29.

KAY JAMES For the Dells Events

For 17 years, Lucas Killick has been helping children in the Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton community. Aug. 29, he was honored as a community builder at the month Dells-Delton Community Supper.

Killick, a Lake Delton Police Detective, has been a force behind the Kops for Kids program in the community since high school. Karen and John Torgerson nominated Killick for the honor, and Karen said she met Killick when he was a student at Wisconsin Dells High School. “He was so enthusiastic about helping kids, and worked hard to do that in high school.”

Killick was a member of the Police Explorers program that allows young high school students to explore careers in public safety. After graduating high school, he went to Madison Area Technical College to study law enforcement. With an associate degree from MATC, he joined the Lake Delton Police as a part-time temporary officer first and then became a full-time officer in 2008. More recently, he received a promotion to detective.

He said he enjoyed being a detective, because it is a new challenge and he gets to travel to other communities to work with other departments. He also said he now gets to the see the whole law enforcement process.

Another change is that he is nearing his first anniversary as a married man. He and his wife Caitlin will celebrate their first anniversary in October.

For the last 17 years he has been active in the Kops for Kids program. That program started in 1999, and it collected toys for children who might not receive any presents at Christmas. The program has changed some since that beginning, Killick said, but it’s mission is the same. It helps provide holiday presents and winter clothing for youth as well as a shopping with an officer and scholarships for high school graduates interested in going into a public safety career. The need among youth has stayed the same, Killick said, although the need at the holidays is lower. Now, the program may provide help in emergencies. “We’re helping the same amount of kids,” he said, adding that the program helps about 250 children a year.

The reason, Killick stays with the program, he said, is because it builds a positive relationship between children and police so they will come and talk to the police.

The recognition from the community supper is not the first Killick has received. In 2015, he received an “Everyday Hero” award from the local American Red Cross chapter. In 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers recognized Killick for his community service work at the annual Law Enforcement Night at Miller Park.