Cape Gazette

Sussex youth learn safety at Safe Kids Day

Traffic, fire, poison, water safety among issues addressed
By Taggart Houck | Aug 27, 2014
Photo by: Taggart Houck Bonny King of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Trauma Program teaches kids (l-r) Miranda Workman, Kaliayah Baustista and Jamie Workman the importance of safety while handing out safety activities at Sussex County Safe Kids Day Aug. 6.

Georgetown — On a wide open football field, kids from around Sussex County gathered to learn about traffic, poison and fire safety.

Safe Kids Day brought agencies and businesses from around Delaware, including University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Lowe's, Delaware State Fire School, DelDOT and members of the Sussex Technical High School football team together to promote child safety Aug. 6. Choppers from the Delaware State Police and Lifenet flew in for the safety event.

Safe Kids Day for Sussex County has been teaching safety for at least six years, said Safe Kids Sussex County Chairperson Cheryl Littlefield.

“If the kids can learn one thing today that can keep them safe, then we've done our job,” she said.

A similar event took place in the Lowe's parking lot in June, aimed at eastern Sussex, she said.

State Coordinator Mike O'Malley said the message of safety is important for kids.

“Education is always important,” he said. “It's nice to get them out and do things versus somebody just sitting there and talking about it.”

Toward the end of the event, two State Police Officers from the K9 Unit demonstrated the precise training of police unit dogs, having the dogs chase after an officer wearing protective gear.


Rebekah Legar of the Office of the State Fire Marshal holds a new smoke detector next to a smoke detector that survived a fire. Legar said while it won't be used again, the burnt smoke alarm still works. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Rebekah Legar of the Office of the State Fire Marshal shows burnt toys recovered from a house fire to (l-r) Malcolm Long, Elijah Delgado, Shaila Williams and Ariyanna Johnson. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Working on football safety precautions, 11-year-old Joshua Dodd creates his own running space, breaking through members of the Sussex Tech football team (l-r) Riley Parker, Ityre Eley and Ryan Parker. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Thomas Hudson, 11, tackles a practice bag after learning the correct way to tackle the dummy by members of the Sussex Tech football team Riley Parker, left, and Jacob Ryan. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
A Lifenet chopper attracts attention at Safe Kids Day Aug. 6. A state police chopper also flew in during the safety event. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Delaware State Police K9 Unit Troopers Eric Glasco, left, and TFC Corporal John Wilson get ready to show the work of their German shepherd police dog. Wilson wore a protective arm brace while being attacked by the dog to protect his arm while Glasco commanded the dog. Glasco said it's good for kids to see potential dangers of the dog and good for the dog's health to get some extra exercise. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
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