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Youth get a look at emergency vehicles during Toronto’s Safety Day

A CLOSER LOOK — Four-year-old Lakyn Porter of Toronto asked Mary Bender, an emergency medical technician with the TEMS Joint Ambulance Service District, about her job after stepping into a TEMS ambulance, one of several emergency vehicles on display at Safety Day, a Toronto Independence Day weekend event held outside Toronto Junior-Senior High School Saturday. -- Warren Scott

TORONTO — Area youth had an opportunity to get a closer look at several emergency vehicles and they and their parents had an opportunity to learn fire safety and other tips for protecting themselves during Toronto’s Safety Day, an annual event held around Independence Day weekend.

Organized by the Toronto Fire Department, the event included a display of its ladder and other trucks, an ambulance used by the TEMS Joint Ambulance Service District and cruisers from the city’s police department.

The department’s K9 unit, Police Chief Charley Daniels and other officers also were on hand to answer questions.

Many visitors to TEMS’ table at the event received bicycle helmets obtained by the ambulance service with a grant from the Ohio Put a Lid on It program.

Clark Crago, the ambulance service’s director, added information also was being shared about the proper installation and use of car seats, adding TEMS has a number of new car seats available for those who need them.

For information, call (740) 537-3891.

Food was sold from Chick-fil-A and Kona Ice trucks, while volunteers with the Helping Hands Food Pantry distributed free bags containing a $5 grocery gift card, hot dog buns, cups of fruit and other snacks.

The bags also included a flier with contact information for those who may need help from the food pantry, which is headed by Virginia Stimpert. Those needing help should call (740) 317-9142 for information.

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