Vista Outdoor employees give back, raise $70,000 for police families

The Vista booth at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)

The Vista booth at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)

Vista Outdoor employees raised $70,000 for two families of fallen Kansas City police officers, the company announced Monday.

The families of Detective Brad Lancaster and Captain Dave Melton were presented with the contributions during Vista’s Hunt/Shoot Sales Conference in Overland Park, Kansas.

Lancaster lost his life in the line of duty in May 2016, leaving behind a wife and two children. Melton was killed in the line of duty in July 2016, leaving behind four children with one daughter born in December 2016.

“We believe in the importance of giving back to people in need in the communities where we live and work,” said Jason Vanderbrink, Senior Vice President of Sales for Vista Outdoor. “Many of our brands have a long-standing commitment to supporting law enforcement, and we knew this was a cause that our employees would support. Detective Lancaster and Captain Melton gave their lives defending the people of the Kansas City community, and we were honored to present this small gesture of thanks to their families.”

Vista Outdoor’s Hunt/Shoot Sales Conference includes over 30 of the brand’s currently under the shooting sports umbrella to include Bushnell, Primos, Blackhawk, Hoppe’s, Butler Creek and Uncle Mike’s. Attendees had the opportunity to bid during a silent/live auction to raise money for the families.

The auctions along with additional cash donations resulted in each family receiving  a check for $36,584.