Daily News — Strolling up and down the aisles of the Ionia-area Meijer store Tuesday, 30 students beamed smiles of gratitude as they shopped with some of the community’s finest men and women.

The annual Shop With a Hero event saw elementary students from six Ionia County elementary schools, representing the areas of Ionia, Belding, Saranac, and Portland, paired up with police officers, corrections officers firefighters and paramedics from multiple agencies, including the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Belding Police Department, Lake Odessa Police Department, Ionia Department of Corrections, Ionia Department of Public Safety, Portland Police Department, Berlin-Orange Fire Department, Sunfield Fire Department and Life EMS.