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Trap Club shows support

Photo by Kathryn Shorts / Members of the EOU Trap Club hosted an event in November to say "thank you" to local law enforcement and first responders.

Photo by Kathryn Shorts / Members of the EOU Trap Club hosted an event in November to say “thank you” to local law enforcement and first responders.

Trap Club shows support for law enforcement, emergency services

News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585

LA GRANDE, Ore. December 5, 2016 Eastern Oregon University’s Trap Club invited the La Grande Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office and La Grande Fire Department to one of their weekly shoots in November.

“We had a great evening with a good turnout,” said John Shorts, advisor to the newly formed club entering its second year at EOU. “The fire department outshot the police department, and the EOU students outshot everyone!”

Because it was so well received, club members now plan to hold a similar activity every term.

“This event was a nice opportunity to give back to our local law enforcement and emergency personnel for all of the time they give to the community,” said Zeth Swanger, club president. “We are happy that members of the police force and fire department want to come back and shoot with us again.”

There are currently around 100 students in the club and interest continues to grow, Swanger said. The goal is to promote safe handling of firearms and expand students’ skill sets while encouraging them to get involved in the community.

Most trap shoots occur on Wednesdays at the La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club. For more information visit eou.edu/csi/eou-trap-club-2 or contact Shorts at jshorts@eou.edu.

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