Local police officers sell fireworks in son's memory
Fireworks stands around the Valley are open for business, and all of them are raising money for non profits or church groups. One booth in North Las Vegas has a very personal tie to its cause. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Fireworks stands around the Valley are open for business and all of them are raising money for non-profits or church groups. One booth in North Las Vegas has a very personal tie to its cause.
In 2009 a local couple, John Sanders and Chrissie Coon Sanders who are both with the North Las Vegas Police Department were faced with a parents worst nightmare.
Their nearly 2-year-old son Joey died unexpectedly from complications due to a rare muscle disorder.
Last year, the couple decided to open up a fireworks stand for Joey and for other families who are dealing with this same disease.
"It really does feel good to hand that money over in memory of our son, and say, here this is to help people that are following down that same path that we've already been down," said Chrissie Coon.
They were able to donate $10,000 to the Myotubular Myopathy Resource Group to help families just like them. But at the same time, their little booth became a mecca for all parents and relatives of children gone too soon.
People came to their fireworks stand from all over Southern Nevada who have either lost a child or know someone who has. Its become a place where they could tell their stories.
"It was really touching for us to have those people travel so far to tell us about a child in there family that they had lost. So this year we actually are going to make a memorial wall where people can write their loved ones name down and the whole booth will stand to pay tribute to all the angels that have gone too soon," said Coon.
The Fireworks 4 Joey stand is located in the Costco parking lot at 215 and North Decatur Boulevard They'll be open for 24 hours a day through the fourth of July. All proceeds go to the Myotubular Myopathy Resource Group.
For more information go to www.fireworks4joey.com.