Local leaders wanted to get a message out to some children at a DuPage Safety Expo held at Fox Valley Mall. That message was safety first.
Illinois House of Representative minority leader Tom Cross and State Representative Darlene Senger hosted the expo.
“It’s really important for the kids to meet the officers and know who the paramedics are,” said Senger. “Some of the anxiety, if there is an emergency, is leveled down because they are already familiar with what is going on.”
The Safety Expo gave one firefighter a flashback to why he chose his profession.
“In 2nd grade I went to Safety Town and now Mayor Pradel was then Sgt. Pradel and he was officer friendly,” said Aurora Firefighter, Jason Smith. “That was my first exposure to the public safety aspect of things and I always wanted to be a firefighter ever since.”
With more than 25 cars and trucks at the expo, children and families got the chance to climb in and on fire trucks, police cars, army vans, and tractors.
“Having boys they love trucks and this is a great opportunity to see the trucks get in the trucks and I thought they would really enjoy it,” said Naperville resident Kerry Hollar.
Of all the trucks you could think of that showed up to the event to show off their bells and whistles, one truck was a no show…
“I was expecting to see an ice cream truck,” said Jacob Hollar.
Senger said she will host another Expo in the future and encourages all residents and visitors to come out to the event.
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