La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ------- It may look like a parking lot you recognize in downtown La Crosse but over the next couple of days it may very well may be a lifesaver. Captain Robert Lawrence of the La Crosse Police Department says some people confuse the 3rd Street Aid Station with a "first aid station", but it's a lot more than that and is for everyone. "Funny thing is that last year one of the most popular things was letting people charge their cell phones. Over 300 people used that service."
And 90 others asked for directions or got help reconnecting with friends many of whom were students...but students are also a large part of the volunteers. Senior Andrew Verhoeven attends UW-La Crosse and says he's heard Oktoberfest can get pretty crazy. "When I patrol with River Walk we may get one or two people so I can only imagine how many people we can reach on Oktoberfest weekend.
And if you think this location is random, it's not. Location has everything to do with it! Regional Manager for Rottinghaus/Subway said Subway is a key location. "We are the hub. This spot is between 3rd and Pearl and everyone knows this parking lot.
Last year the La Crosse Police say the had a whole range of issues to deal with and they expect this year to be no different except that this year they'll be even more prepared.
Volunteer and longtime resident, Joshua Aliesch is the one who thought of the cell phone charging station. "If we can help just one person.......then we've done what we came here to do."
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