Police host public safety fair today | SummitDaily.com

Police host public safety fair today

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – Giveaways and demonstrations, including the landing of a medical helicopter, highlight today’s public safety fair. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne pavilion.

Officers will give away bicycles, helmets and bike locks to local children. They’ll also help teach children how to safely ride bicycles during a bicycle rodeo. Smokey the Bear, a police dog and free food round out the day’s events.

It’s all made possible by police and community grants totaling $3,000.

Silverthorne Police Officer Mark Hanschmidt garnered the first portion of the money through a $2,000 community policing grant. Wal-Mart chipped in another $1,000 through its Good Neighbor program. Summit Medical Center also donated 125 bicycle helmets.

Through an essay contest conducted earlier this spring, Silverthorne police chose 90 local children to receive the bicycles.

“I don’t know who’s more excited – me or the kids in the community,” Hanschmidt said.

Those children take home their new bikes this morning. But officers from several agencies countywide have a full day of activities planned.

At noon, a Flight For Life helicopter will land in the park north of the pavilion.

At 1 p.m., Silverthorne Police Officer Gerald Bozarth will conduct a K9 demonstration with his police dog, Jaluka.

Other events include bicycle helmet painting, fingerprinting, a Frisbee disc competition and a free barbecue.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com

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