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Families turn out for 11th annual Public Safety Day
Richmond Hill Police Officer Michael Akers helps Andrew Mewherter, 4, with his fingerprints while mother Lisa Wewherter watches during Saturdays Public Safety Day in Richmond Hill. - photo by Julia Harison

The parking lot of First Baptist Church in Richmond Hill was all abuzz Saturday with fire trucks, helicopters, safety exhibits and more for the 11th annual Public Safety Day hosted by the Bryan County Emergency Services and South Bryan Volunteer Firefighters Association.
“Prevention” was the key word of the many exhibits, which included a fire safety house, a course with the fatal vision goggles, a fire extinguishing program and others. Higbee the Clown and Ronald McDonald were also there to help teach public safety.
Two of the many visitors were 4-year-old Andrew Mewherther and his mother, Lisa Mewwherther. Lisa took the advantage of the free finger-printing for children offered by the Richmond Hill Police Department, and Andrew enjoyed his first-ever Public Safety Day.
“I like the safety day,” he said. “I like the fire truck and the police. I climbed in the fire truck.”
In addition to the safety exhibits and activities, a silent auction was held to benefit the new firefighters memorial at the County Administrative Complex.
“There is a lot happening today (Saturday) ...,” said Mike Smith, Bryan County Fire Department South Bryan Volunteer Division chief. “Our focus is on public on public safety, whether it is police, fire, EMS, emergency management or the Red Cross.
“We are here to teach the public about safety. It is a good way for the public to meet all the different agencies and learn from them. We are trying to get the kids out and get them to meet the fire fighters so they are not afraid of them if they come to their house ... The whole day is about protecting the public, in case anything should happen.”

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