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Students introduced to community helpers
by Steve Beavers
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Farmington Fire Rescue's Jeremy Childers talks with Alcorn Central Elementary School first grader Aidan Anderson about the many different types of equipment used by firemen.
Farmington Fire Rescue's Jeremy Childers talks with Alcorn Central Elementary School first grader Aidan Anderson about the many different types of equipment used by firemen.
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Alcorn Central Elementary School first graders were introduced to those there to help.

Visits by local firemen and policemen were part of Community Helpers Week at the school last Friday.

First graders got a chance to ask the community servants questions along with see some of the equipment used by policemen and firemen.

"These visits help us get involved with the community and lets them know we are here to help," said Alcorn County Sheriff's Department Investigator Reggie Anderson. "We want kids to feel they can call us if they are in any type of danger."

"It's a great idea to have us come in and talk with kids," added fellow investigator Heath Thomas. "The main thing we want to get across is we are here to help and we aren't the bad guys."

Farmington Fire Rescue firemen Jeremy Childers and Andrew Nall talked with students on the many types of equipment used by firemen.

According to safekids.org., at least one child dies from a home fire and every hour approximately 14 children are injured from fires or burns every day. Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds.

"Basically, we talked with them about what we do," said Childers. "A firemen has to wear a lot of equipment when fighting a fire and we want children to not be afraid of us because of all the garb we have on."

Childers also advised the classes to not hide if their home is on fire.

The hands-on visit helps children see firemen and policemen are their friends, according to principal Tammy Johnson.

"A lot of kids hear bad things about policemen and how they only take people to jail," she said. "By having both community servants coming in, the children get to see and hear they can be trusted to help."

All five first grade classes got to visit with the community helpers which was coordinated by assistant principal John Anderson.
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