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SWAT team members become superheroes for hospital patients

By Staff Reports
Dec. 20, 2017 at 3:16 p.m.
Updated Dec. 21, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.

Steven Burt dressed as Spiderman rappels down the side of a building with other members of Longview Police Department's SWAT team dressed as super heroes Monday, December 19, 2016, at Good Shepherd Medical Center. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Young patients at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview will get a special holiday surprise today as fully costumed superheroes — also known as Longview Police Department SWAT team members — will make an appearance.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, the costumed SWAT team members are set to rappel from the roof of the south tower of the medical center as part of the annual Operation Christmas Cheer.

"This has become an annual tradition for us, and our officers love surprising the children in the windows and then visiting them in their units to deliver gifts," said said Kristie Brian, Longview police social media coordinator.

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