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2 young boys selling snacks to raise money for families of fallen Cleveland police officers

Posted at 6:49 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 18:49:12-04

CLEVELAND — The community is coming together to rally around the Cleveland Police Department after the tragic losses of two officers this week.

Gideon and Josiah Trank may be small, but their impact is big.

In just two days, they’ve raised more than $700 for the families of Detective James Skernivitz and Officer Nick Sabo.

Skernivitz, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 3 in Cleveland. Sabo died by suicide on Thursday night in North Ridgeville.

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“The reason why we’re raising money for the police is because we love them,” Gideon said.

The brothers, ages six and eight, are selling snacks and cold refreshments from a wooden stand in their front yard on Vandalia Ave.

“I think we’re going to raise one thousand,” Josiah said.

Their father Avery Trank said it’s important to him to teach his sons respect and appreciation for law enforcement officers beginning at a young age.

“We just want to show our support. Especially them,” Trank said. “They love their first responders. What they call heroes without capes.”

The boys will be selling snacks until 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and will reopen for business Sunday, Sept. 6 at noon.

You can find their snack stand located near the corner of Vandalia Avenue and Ridge Road in Cleveland.