Warren County, Central Iowa Law Enforcement Unite For ´Public Safety Chili Cookoff' To Support Norwalk Officer's Fight Against Cancer



January 17, 2024

Warren County, Central Iowa Law Enforcement Unite For ‘Public Safety Chili Cookoff’ To Support Norwalk Officer’s Fight Against Cancer

 Organized by the Indianola Police Department, multiple local, Warren County
and central Iowa public safety agencies will come together on Saturday, January 27, 2024,
for a friendly competition as a joint fundraiser supporting Norwalk Police Ofc. Jayson Spurr.

INDIANOLA, IA — The Indianola Police Department is honored to host a “Public Safety Chili Cookoff” fundraiser featuring numerous local and Warren County law enforcement and public safety agencies aimed to rally community support for Officer Jayson Spurr of the Norwalk Police Department and his battle with pancreatic cancer.

The event is scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Indianola Middle School Cafeteria, located at 403 S 15th Street, Indianola, IA 50125.

“In law enforcement, our partnerships extend beyond jurisdictional lines that are bound by a shared commitment to serve and protect,” said Indianola Police Chief Brian Sher. “Launching this fundraiser is a heartfelt endeavor born from camaraderie and unity, ensuring that Officer Spurr knows he has a robust support system behind him across badges and throughout communities.”  

Set to be a delightful display of community spirit and culinary excellence, various teams from esteemed area departments and organizations will compete in a friendly chili-making competition. Attendees will have the pleasure of tasting a diverse area of chili recipes, with an opportunity to cast their votes through monetary donations in designated team bowls. The team that accumulates the highest donation total will be touted as the champion.

Additionally, the Indianola Police Department will be selling their respective uniform patches, as well as the Norwalk Police Department’s patch that recognizes Officer Spurr and his cancer bout. All proceeds generated from the patch sales, as well as the chili cookoff voting donations, will go directly to Officer Spurr and his family.

Representing departments include:


  • Carlisle Police Department
  • Hartford Fire Department
  • Indianola Fire Department
  • Indianola Police Department
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Norwalk Fire Department
  • Norwalk Police Department
  • Warren County Attorney’s Office
  • Warren County Emergency Management

As the event draws closer, more departments and agencies may be participating.

“Chief Sher and the Indianola Police Department’s initiative, paired with the outpouring encouragement from our neighboring departments, is a powerful testament to the strength and bond of our law enforcement family,” said Norwalk Police Chief Greg Staples. “We are deeply appreciative of this compassionate gesture toward Officer Spurr, his family and our Norwalk community.” 

Mark your calendars for January 27, and bring your appetites for an uplifting day filled with solidarity. 


About City of Indianola
Indianola is a city in Warren County, Iowa, located 14 miles south of Des Moines. Indianola is home to Simpson College and serves more than 15,800 residents and numerous visitors who come to explore Indianola’s vibrant downtown, restaurants, shops, parks, cultural attractions—such as the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera—and events, including the National Balloon Classic and the Warren County Fair.

About City of Norwalk
The City of Norwalk is the southernmost suburb of the Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area! The City of Norwalk has a variety of parks for residents and visitors. We manage 279 acres of parkland ranging in size from 1 acre to 178 acre parks. Our parks offer a variety of activities such as relaxing in nature, walking, running, fishing, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, disc golf, shuffleboard, pickleball, swimming, skateboarding, playground equipment and Iowa's first challenge course.

Norwalk has an ever-growing economy, offering metro living with a retro feeling! We are consistently ranked as one of Iowa's safest cities. Residents typically know their neighbors and enjoy a great quality of life with low crime, and phenomenal schools.

Media Contacts

Aaron Young, City of Indianola Communications Manager
Phone: 515-962-5306
Email: ayoung@indianolaiowa.gov

Tai Lieu, City of Norwalk Marketing & Communications Specialist
Phone: 515-201-6185
Email: tlieu@norwalk.iowa.gov