Kops4Kids demonstrates emergency services

LEWISTOWN – Getting a first hand account of emergency services is what the Kops4Kids program, held annually at Kish Park, Derry Township, is all about.

Kops4Kids is run by Jessica Aurand, Mifflin County Regional Police detective, and Michael Aurand, Huntingdon State Correctional Institute Sergeant, along with support from other local police departments. It is a week long event where kids participate in drills and activities that could help spark an interest in emergency services.

“We hold this event because emergency services are so often in the news for negative aspects,” Jessica said. “Here we can show them these services in a safe environment and maybe spark a future interest.”

Jessica said, on average, there are about 30 to 40 kids who take part in the event. This year about 33 kids are participating. She also said several kids who have participated in the past have joined local fire departments.

“Just this year, one of our senior counselors, Kenny Smith, who has been a cadet here in the past, is now a junior firefighter at City Hook and Ladder,” she said.

The event on Wednesday included demonstrations by the Reedsville fire and City Hook and Ladder fire companies, along with continuing self-defense sessions taught by local police officers. The fire departments were on hand to demonstrate water and vehicle rescues. Reedsville showed cadets how cars are cut apart to perform a vehicle rescue. Cadets were able to watch different hydraulic rescue equipment cut the vehicle metal and push apart sections of the car.

Utilizing Kish Creek, members of City Hook and Ladder got the cadets involved by teaching some of the basics of water rescues. Cadets had the opportunity to trek across the creek and “rescue” a person. Cadets said this taught them teamwork in new and unique ways.

Cadets also had the opportunity to learn what happens when a Taser is used on a suspect. Mifflin County Regional Police Corporal Art Stanton demonstrated what happens, when electric waves are pulsed through a suspect’s body.

“I am going to yell Taser three times before I start the electric pulses,” Stanton explained. “I am not going to shoot the Taser, but will clip the cords to them so they feel the jolts.”

Overall the cadets enjoyed watching the Taser be used on various officers and volunteers from the fire department.