BENTON CITY, Wash.-- The Benton Franklin Mounted Sheriff's Posse is a local volunteer organization that's been serving the community for over sixty years.
"We just try to improve the quality of life of the community that we live in. And we try to do it through horses. People that enjoy the community and want to give back," said Phil Clouse, posse member.
The Benton Franklin Mounted Sheriff's Posse did just that Sunday.
They organized a charity horse ride to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
The Posse started back in 1948 as a volunteer response team for a Kennewick flood and continued on from there.
"We're all volunteers but we have security licenses, first aid licenses, and we help out doing security at different events. We do a lot of fundraisers," Clouse said.
The Posse is on call as a regional search and rescue team. They also helps disabled children and speak to school kids about following the right path. But the Posse members aren't getting any younger.
"We don't get around as fast as we used to. We like to keep a good supply of members," said Dave Garrett, an 82-year-old posse member, the eldest of the group.
The Sheriff's Posse wants people to come out and ride horses just like they do to engage in helping the community.
"I hope it continues and we can get new members and keep it going. I think the group has been quite an asset to the community," Garrett said.
The Posse wants to carry on the tradition of giving back and encourages more people to find out what it means to truly be a Posse member with a purpose.
"Volunteer organizations such as we've got that's how you improve the quality of life and I'm proud to say that I am a Benton Franklin Mounted Sheriff's Posse member and I intend to be one until I can't get on my horse anymore," Clouse said.
To find out how to join or donate go the Benton Franklin Mounted Sheriff's Posse website.