2017-06-15 / News

Hot Dog with Heroes a Hit

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


Peyton Rich, Officer Chad Haynes of the Davison Township Police and Monte Travis enjoyed conversing over lunch at the first ever Hot Dogs with Heroes event at Hahn Intermediate School. 
Photo by Tanya Terry Peyton Rich, Officer Chad Haynes of the Davison Township Police and Monte Travis enjoyed conversing over lunch at the first ever Hot Dogs with Heroes event at Hahn Intermediate School. Photo by Tanya Terry DAVISON — The first ever Hot Dogs with Heroes event at Hahn Intermediate School was a great success in the eyes of kids and the heroes they celebrated.

“We wanted to honor police officers, EMTs and local fire departments, which were all invited,” said the school’s principal, Verle Gilbert. “The only time these people may meet the kids is when there’s an emergency. Making the kids feel comfortable around them is something we want.”

During the event, hot dogs, pulled pork, ice cream sandwiches and other food items were served, as children conversed with their guests.

“I think the kids were helped by this event because they got a chance to interact with police officers in a situation that is not stressful,” Gilbert said. “From what I see, the kids learned a lot more about these professions.”

Gilbert said he enjoyed seeing the police officers sit down and have a nice time with the kids.

“They got to talk about what’s on their belts,” he said. “

Monte Travis, who is in sixth grade said he talked to police during the event.

Travis said his parents and teachers tell him police help people feel safe and they’re very nice people.

“It’s important to have lunch with them because it makes you feel happy they’re here and I got to meet some of the people that are keeping our streets safe,” he said.

“Some people think police are just here to give us tickets, but they’re really here to keep us safe,” said Peyton Rich, who is also in sixth grade and said he enjoyed the event.

Some kids drew pictures for the heroes.

Arielle Presnall, who is in fifth grade, drew a police officer stopping a criminal from robbing a bank.

“I drew that because that’s one of the ways police help people, along with other ways,” she said.

Gabrielle Shango, who is in fifth grade, drew an ambulance because she said they protect a lot of people and save lives.

Chief Tony Craig of the Richfield Township Police said police have been portrayed negatively in the news.

“It’s different in Davison than else- where,” he said. “Davison Township, Davison city and Richfield Township Police work together. The community as a whole is together. We’re here to help people.”

Craig said it felt great to talk to the kids and see the pictures they drew.

“Kids are coming up to us,” he said. “They want to know about the equipment we’re wearing. They want to put on the handcuffs. It’s important they see us in an informal setting because a lot of times the uniform can be intimidating.”

Craig said it was important to take time out to visit with the kids because they are just as important as members of the community as adults.

Gilbert said he loved seeing young people gathering around the officers high fiving them.

“It’s been a very positive day,” he said.

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