Perry Public Safety Day gives kids close-up dose of reality

Perry youngsters will have a chance to check out fire trucks and police patrol cars at the Perry Farmers Market Public Safety Day Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

Perry-area youngsters got some hands-on experience Saturday with tools of police officers, firefighters, ambulance medics and public works crews at the second annual Perry Public Safety Day, staged in the parking lot of the Perry Hy-Vee and Shopko stores.

Ladder trucks and the Jaws of Life were among the large-sized attractions for the young people, who were encouraged to scramble into the patrol cars and sit behind the wheels of the fire trucks.

The kids could sign their names to a snow plow and have their picture taken with all the equipment.

“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.

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