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First-Responders Meet Kids During Career Week

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
June 14, 2021
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Paramedics from McKeesport Area Rescue Service joined city police and firefighters to talk to local students about public-safety careers. (Submitted photo)

McKeesport Area School District students participating in a day camp are getting a close-up look at career paths this week.

On Monday, first-responders from McKeesport police and fire departments and McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service met with students to answer questions and show them how emergency equipment works.

The summer camp, funded by the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, includes daily sessions focused on hands-on learning, athletics and enrichment. This week is “Career Week,” organizers said.

“Every positive life-learning experience the children of our community enjoy will impact them for years to come,” said McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko. “Not only may some of these students choose to work in the emergency medical, fire, or police fields someday, but they will also recognize first-responders as trusted members of our community who they can seek out in an emergency.”

Students show off thank-you cards shared with first-responders at Monday’s event. (Submitted photo)

Students also made thank-you cards and posters to share with police officers, firefighters and paramedics and EMTs.

Aimee Watters, executive director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, said this summer’s partnership is an exciting opportunity for participating students.

“Not only do students receive needed enriching educational instruction, they also get awesome experiences like meeting local first-responders,” Watters said. “We are so thankful to the McKeesport first-responders for taking the time today to meet with students and show them what it takes to be real life heroes.”

The foundation has been a “true partner” to the school district, said Tia Wanzo, McKeesport Area assistant superintendent.

“They’ve been side by side with us since the moment we started working together,” Wanzo said. “It’s a commitment to what ever we need in our community and our school district.”

She also thanked McKeesport’s first-responders for spending their afternoon with the campers.

“Any time we have an opportunity to be in collaboration or partnership with our community, we welcome it,” she said.

(All photos: Courtesy Jennifer Vertullo, office of McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko)

Originally published June 14, 2021.

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