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Common sense is a prerequisite for serving in Alaska law enforcement.

Velma June Cox, 91, died peacefully on May 6, 2017, in Port Angeles, Washington.
Charles Murphy James Sr., 80, died April 2, 2017, in Big Lake.
Way to go
Ketchikan comes up with all kinds of ways to help others.

No matter how wet, how cold, how rough or how challenging, if it's a way to help, then people here will do it.

Such is the case with the Pennock Island Challenge.

More than 15 swimmers jumped into Tongass Narrows on Sunday to swim the 8.2 miles around Pennock — despite all of the above and nerves, too. Oh, and the other stuff or things in the water; yikes!

But, it was for a good cause. So, to heck with the other things in the water, whether they bite or not.

Willie Schulz started the challenge 11 years ago as the lone swimmer. Then, others became interested.

Schulz came up with a reason to make the swim, which has been done on some rather yucky weather days. The event became an opportunity to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. Later, the benefactor became the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

This year the JDRF realized just over $9,000 as a result of the event.

This is just one of many events supported by the community, which raises funds in an effort to help out.

The Challenge, however, is a fundraiser among fundraisers. It's not your usual bake sale, which has its own appeal by being one of the most delicious ways to raise funds. This swim has its own mix of ingredients, and to deal with them, helpers follow the swimmers to keep them safe from the elements and others in the narrows.

So, helpers help the swimmers and the swimmers help fund raise for diabetes research, and the community — once again — is known for how it helps, no matter the challenge.