Kids get up close at Touch-a-Truck

Henry Macon can hardly believe he’s in the driver’s seat.

Henry Macon can hardly believe he’s in the driver’s seat.

All too often when kids see an emergency vehicle going by, it’s at top speed with the sirens blaring and the lights flashing and it can be a scary experience.

So for years, the Touch-a-Truck event has been held in town to help demystify the vehicles a little and give kids a chance not just to see them up close, but even what it’s like to get behind the wheel (keys safely out of the ignition of course). On June 9, kids had that chance again when the Junior League of Greenwich sponsored the annual event at Town Hall.

Kids not only had the chance to see up close town fire engines, police cars and ambulances but also construction vehicles. And firemen, police officers and more were on hand as well to tell the kids not only the vital purposes these vehicles have but what it’s like to operate them. Kids got inside a fire truck, a police motorcycle, a bulldozer and even in a cherry picker as it reached up into the sky.

All of this was done under the supervision of the Junior League and Greenwich emergency service personnel. The police even brought along two members of the elite K-9 unit and while the event was “touch a truck” not “pet a cop” the kids got a chance to do both with these canine officers.

There was also live music from the Bossy Frog Band, bouncy castles and an obstacle course, soccer and a petting zoo. The event was so big it took up two areas, right in front of Town Hall and in the back onto Havemeyer Field.

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