In place of firefighter helmets and badges, Dickinson fire and police personnel will dress in their most luxurious attire to dance and share their line of duty stories with the community at the upcoming 7th Annual Heroes Ball.

Co-hosted by the Dickinson Police and Fire departments, the Police and Fire 2021 Heroes Ball will begin with a social at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel. Rapid City Police Lt. Tim Doyle, of Rapid City, S.D., will be featured as the keynote speaker. Doyle will voice his story regarding the 2011 North Rapid City shootout that took the lives of two officers, and left Doyle more than a week in a hospital, with a gunshot wound to his jaw.

DPD Detective Sgt. Kylan Klauzer wanted to invite Doyle to share his story at the Police and Fire 2021 Heroes Ball because he has a “pretty gripping story.” Doyle will tie in the impacts that shooting incident had on his family and his wife, Charity, will also share her side and talk about spousal and community support during that pivotal time. Klauzer said both sides of the incident will give people an understanding of community and law enforcement wellness.

“I think that Tim’s speech this year is going to be a very impactful one for anybody who’s there,” Klauzer said.

Keynote speakers from previous heroes balls have included former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D. Klauzer noted that Doyle’s story is something that will resonate with people. A personal story is more relatable when people can see the emotional effects and turmoil an incident has had on an individual and their family, he added.

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Event proceeds will go toward benefitting the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, Dickinson Police Association and the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department.

“The premise of this every year (is) encouraging our staff, our officers (and) the three entities involved to go have an event with the community that they can get intimate with and have conversations that you, yourself, probably like having with a police officer or fireman from time to time… It’s a good reminder to show how lucky we are to have some of the public services and these victim services in the community that we have that many communities don’t have," Klauzer noted.

The annual Heroes Ball also helps promote the Heroes Park project, which is proposed to be located near the northside of the West River Community, Klauzer continued. The Heroes Park will be a designated area for early aged children, including fire trucks and police cars detailed with Dickinson Police and Fire departments insignia.

This event is not only a way to raise funds for important causes, but an opportunity for people to interact with those who serve the City of Dickinson, Klauzer added.

“It puts our people in direct contact with our community in a setting that is intimate and allows for genuine conversation and genuine interaction. So I think that was the premise behind this when it began,” Klauzer said.

This year's theme is "mask-erade," but Klauzer noted that no mask requirement will be implemented as there is no mask mandate currently in the state of North Dakota. However, if people want to sport a decorative mask, they are more than welcome to, Klauzer added.

Live music, an auction along with games will be featured at the event. With a goal to seat approximately 230 people, only 20 tickets remain available with a few corporate tables left. Individual tickets are $75 apiece and sponsor tables — which include eight tickets and two bottles of champagne — are $1,500.

To purchase a ticket to the Police and Fire 2021 Heroes Ball, visit the City of Dickinson Public Safety Center located at 2475 State Ave. North. Or email Klauzer at kylan.klauzer@dickinsongov.com or email Brandi Aaron at brandiaaron@dickinsongov.com.