Two-year-old Joe Peltak loves fire trucks and police cars, and on Saturday the Westborough boy got his fill, getting on and touching numerous vehicles from the Sudbury and Wayland Police and Fire Departments.
“His two favorite things are fire trucks and policeman cars,” said his father, also Joe Peltak at the Summer Safety events held at the Sudbury Police station. “He had pizza and got two shirts. It’s surely a good event. Any touch-a-truck event is good.”
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and her office are sponsoring the Summer Safety events throughout the county. At each event, children will have a chance to meet police officers and firefighters from various communities, inspect the various vehicles and have pizza and receive free T-shirts.
In addition, for parents, there are numerous pieces of literature about various safety issues, such as leaving a child in a hot car and pool safety. “We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on safety issues,” said Ryan. “It’s also a good opportunity for the children to get to meet police officers. It’s a nice thing to be able to do.” Trained child safety seat installers were on hand, so people could have a child safety seat installed or have an existing car seat inspected to make sure that they are properly installed. “You’d be surprised by how many car seats we find that aren’t properly installed,” Ryan said.
Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix said such events are a good way for children and police officers to meet when there is not an emergency situation. “It’s good to build community relations because the children are our future,” said Nix. “It’s good for them to see us in a different light, not just when we go on a call. It’s a good way to build trust when there’s not a situation taking place.” Wayland Police Chief Robert Irving said the idea for the event was a good one by Ryan. “This is the first time that we’ve had one of these,” said Irving. “The district attorney has brought a lot of good information and the children get to have fun.”