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EMTs, Teddy Bears Ride Along Together in Denver

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DENVER – In this city, teddy bears ride along with the EMS crew.

The furry friends are part of the Teddy Bear Patrol, an initiative used to comfort kids traumatized during an emergency.

KOSI 101.1 is partnering with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and CBS4 Denver to collect new stuffed animals. They will be given to local first responders to help children in a time of need.

“If we have to do some kind of treatment to them, we give them a teddy bear. It relaxes them,” EMT Dani Bettenberg told CBS Denver.

“We give them that as a way for them to be comforted. It’s something they can hold on to, that may make them feel safer,” EMT T.J. Woelfel told the station.

Last year, 4,000 teddy bears were collected for the cause.

The bears are being collected through September 14.