BAXTER SPRINGS - Savory aromas and good times filled the American Bank parking lot Saturday morning for the Back the Badge BBQ. Baxter Springs Fire Auxiliary and Police Reserves invited the community to come out, enjoy some great food, and help a much-needed cause.

The reserves departments are on a volunteer basis. Almost all of the equipment they use is purchased by the volunteers individually, which incurs great personal costs. Donations raised by the BBQ event will help provide the volunteers with equipment, training, educational materials, maintenance on equipment, and fire/rescue incidents.