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|Students "Touch a Truck" at Lake Storey
|POSTED 3:19pm 5/6/09 A once in a lifetime opportunity for local children to come out and examine vehicles they see every day on the area's roads took place in Galesburg. The 9th annual Touch-A-Truck Day was held Wednesday morning by Galesburg Recreation Division in the Lake Storey Pavilion parking lot. The day allowed many entities to come out to Lake Storey and show off their vehicles for children of all ages to see.
Illinois State Police District-7 Safety Education Trooper Jason Wilson was on hand with his cruiser showing children some of the equipment he uses on a daily basis. He says it was good for the kids to see some of the stuff they use out on the job and tells WGIL projects like touch a truck got him interested in law enforcement in his younger days. "I knew that in second grade I wanted to be a police officer," Wilson said. I got to talk with police officers, I got to see their equipment. So for me, it was great, because I even had a little coloring I did that said I wanted to be a police officer when I grew up. So, hopefully, we can get to some of (the children)."
Wilson says he was telling children from area schools they if they wanted to work in law enforcement they need to study hard and be good. Hopefully he says it will carry over into their personal lives as well.
Sergeant First Class Chuck Newman of the US Army watched over an Army vehicle he brought, a Hummer. Newman tells WGIL he enjoys watching the kids play on it since it's not something they see all the time.
"This is the ceremonial Howitzer we keep around that shoots blank rounds," Newman said. "We take it out to parades and football games -- that kind of thing. We brought the Humvee with the turret in it, because the kids like sticking their heads up through the turret."
Other trucks present at Touch-A-Truck included vehicles from the Galesburg Police and Fire Departments, The Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Groups such as Wonder Bread, UPS, and Ameren were also on hand to educate children on their vehicles.
(A student sits in the cab of a farm tractor.)
(Students get the chance to sit in Galesburg Broadcasting Company's mobile studio, used on live remote broadcasts.)
(A student gets out of the driver's seat of a U.S. Army Humvee.)
(A Galesburg firefighter helps a student spray a fire hose.)
(A father and son get their picture taken in front of a City of Galesburg snow plow.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
|05 06 09 by Newsroom
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