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'Rockin' 4 Relief' happening in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The families of Cape Girardeau first responders killed in the line of duty are getting some much needed help.

Over the last six years, Jennifer Rubin has raised over $80,000 for her charity, "Rockin' 4 Relief.”

This year, she’s bringing her cause to Cape Girardeau.

At age 10, Jennifer Rubin discovered her passion for law enforcement while going through the D.A.R.E program.

"Police officers are people and it was really nice just to get a high five from them, the small things like that and really just connect with them on a person to person basis," she said.

It was then she realized how dangerous it was to be an emergency responder. That's when the idea for 'Rockin' 4 Relief came into play. 

Rubin created a charity to raise money for Backstoppers, an organization that helps the families of first responders who lost their lives performing their duty.

"Police Officers and firefighters alike they all just put their lives on the line everyday. They can't guarantee they are going to come home at night," she said.

The idea is simple, volunteers will rock in rocking chairs for 10 hours straight, but the results are life changing.

"Just to be able to provide that comfort to them knowing that if something were to happen to them, at least their families would be taken care of," said Rubin.

"There is always that element of danger out there that an officer may not come home that night," said Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair.

Chief Blair said seeing the response from local businesses and volunteers has been incredible.

"This is a community that really cares not just about the officers, not just about the firefighters but about the community. To see the outpouring of support for a cause like that just reaffirms your faith," he said.

More than 100 volunteers and 23 local businesses have stepped up to "Rock 4 Relief" in hopes of bringing financial stability during a family's most desperate hour.

"They're incredible both on and off the job and it has been amazing being surrounded by them," said Jennifer Rubin.

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