United for Peace Candle Vigil

Police Chief Craig Kingsbury stands in attendance during the United for Peace Candle Vigil July 10 at Twin Falls City Park.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury tweeted Monday that he had been challenged by another Idaho police chief to complete the “22-Pushup Challenge.”

“Wow. I just got challenged on FB to the 22 day: 22 push-up challenge by Eagle Chief Pat Calley. @AdaCoSheriff @TwinFallsPD starts tomorrow!

— TFPD Chief (@ChiefKingsbury) August 23, 2016

But the pushup challenge, while requiring some exercise, isn’t some sort of physical fitness challenge — like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge before it, the 22-Pushup Challenge is a social media initiative designed to raise awareness for a serious issue, in this case the daily suicide rate among U.S. military veterans.

“It’s kind of a fun way to help raise awareness about a very serious issue,” Kingsbury said Tuesday. “We have lots of veterans here on the Twin Falls police force, and lots of veterans in our community, and we want to support them.”

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