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GoFundMe for local police dept. unveiled at Firekeepers Casino 400

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 04:21:29-04

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The back of a NASCAR car is the last place you might expect to see a fundraiser.

But on the back of Landon Cassill's car on Monday was a link to raise money for the Napoleon Police Department, and that had both the police chief and the NASCAR driver feeling extra excited for race day.

"We could see it and it was on the back of the car and it was just like, those things kind of give you chills to see that go on. And to know those people helped us out and to be involved in it is just incredible," Chief Duaine Pittman said.

Revving engines, the smell of burnt rubber, and a fundraiser to help a local police department was on the agenda for the Firekeeper's Casino 400 race on Monday. Chief Pittman of the Napoleon Township police department says as a NASCAR fan himself, he enjoyed being around the team that helped him raise thousands for the department.

"To know that those people helped us out and to be involved in's been incredible actually."

That help will go towards buying new body cameras for the department. FOx 47 caught up with NASCAR driver Landon Cassill before the race, he said he was happy to have it on the back of his car as he drove around Michigan International Speedway.

"It feels good to make a difference in a small community and really provide some resources for a police department that are going to help with transparency, help them do their job, and help protect their community," Cassill said.

Cassill also made his way into town to sign autographs and meet the people of Napoleon a few days before. Chief Pittman says there might be a few more people rooting for the double zero on future race days.

"Napoleon has a bunch of Landon Cassill fans and I think that is going to continue to grow. I think the friendship with those folks, Starcom and Superior Essex and I think it's going to continue so it will be long lasting for us in Napoleon," he said.

Chief Pittman also rode along in the Grand Marshall car for the race.

So far the GoFund me has almost $7,000.

To view or donate to the GoFundMe, click here.

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