Annual Perry Public Safety Day and Health Fair coming Saturday

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Two young subjects, 9-year-old Ridge Fox of Perry, left, and his brother, Ross Cotten, 2, were willingly detained at the 2018 Public Safety Day by Perry Police Department Det. Laura Deaton as Chief Eric Vaughn, center, and Sgt. Jim Archer stood by.


The fifth annual Perry Public Safety Day and Health Fair will bring Perry-area youngsters free hands-on experience with tools of police officers, firefighters, ambulance paramedics and public works crews and useful information about the health services available at the Dallas County Hospital.

The annual event will be staged in the parking lot of the Perry Hy-Vee Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The kid-friendly event is filled with displays and demos of all kinds, and it gives kids and everyone else a chance to inspect a wide variety of public-service equipment, from ladder trucks and the Jaws of Life to police patrol cars and the Perry First Responders vehicle.

The MercyOne air ambulance might fly in if they are not busy on a life-saving mission, and the Dallas County Sheriff is also expected. Kids can have their picture taken with all the equipment and can sign their names on a Perry Public Works Department snow plow.

“This is a fun event that brings people here and shows them the important work done for the community by the Perry Public Safety Department,” said Larry Vodenik of Perry, Hy-Vee community event coordinator.

The event is free and open to the public.

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