Perry Public Safety Day showcases emergency readiness

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The fourth annual Perry Public Safety Day drew a large crowd of Perry-area youngsters and their elders Saturday to the parking lot of the Perry Hy-Vee, where police officers, firefighters, paramedics and public works staffers demonstrated many of their lifesaving and safety-enhancing methods.

Firefighters with the Perry Volunteer Fire Department demonstrated the door-popping and top-chopping Jaws of Life, and children and adults enjoyed up-close explanations of the working of a medical emergency helicopter, courtesy of Mercy One from the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Kids used magic markers to inscribe their names on the big blade of the Perry Public Works Department’s new snow plow, and the city’s street sweeper was open for inspection. The flashing lights and blaring sirens of police patrol cars also drew youngsters’ attention.

Hy-Vee Community Events Coordinator Larry Vodenik said this year’s event drew the largest crowd so far.

“This is just a great way for kids — and all of us — to learn and appreciate what our public safety folks do and the important services our tax dollars pay for.”

Carolyn McNeil of the Perry Crimestoppers was also on hand, collecting donations toward the Perry police monument, planned for the parking lot of the Public Safety Building at 908 Willis Ave.

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