2016-07-15 / Front Page

Kids, cops, firemen join forces to have fun

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


The Gaffney Fire Department provided fire hydrant water spray and the Gaffney Police Department distributed freeze pops to help the kids at Limestone Courts cool down from the scorching heat Wednesday. 
(Ledger photos / TIM GULLA) The Gaffney Fire Department provided fire hydrant water spray and the Gaffney Police Department distributed freeze pops to help the kids at Limestone Courts cool down from the scorching heat Wednesday. (Ledger photos / TIM GULLA) A contingent of Gaffney police officers and city firefighters marched into a city neighborhood

Wednesday afternoon hoping to help area children beat the heat on a hot and humid afternoon.

Officers like Tommy Kennedy, Ken Taylor and Capt. Mike Segina came with scissors in hand and a cooler at the ready as city firefighters connected their fire truck to a nearby hydrant. Police used the scissors to snip the tops off all of the sweettasting freeze pops they handed out to children at Limestone Courts, while city firefighters used one of their fire trucks to provide a cooling rain in the parking lot.

The children danced for joy while getting soaked from head-to-toe.

Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano said there were several reasons why police and firefighters wanted to do this.

“It’s very hot and we wanted to get the kids to have some fun,” he said. “And with everything that’s going on in the world right now, it shows that police, firefighters and the community can all work together and get a lot accomplished.”

The gesture by local police and firefighters comes at a time of increased attention to policing in the U.S. and incidents that have opened gaping divides in some communities. A protest rally stemming from recent police shootings in other states is being planed for Saturday in Columbia, according to e-mailed announcements from activists.

On Wednesday afternoon, however, there wasn’t any sign of division. There were just a lot of happy children enjoying freeze pops while getting wet on a hot day.

“My family and I reside in Limestone Courts & I would like to thank GPD & GFD for allowing our Children to have a good COOL time,” one parent passed along through social media on The Gaffney Ledger’s Facebook page. “My Children definitely enjoyed themselves! Thanks & God Bless.”

A short video of the event posted by The Gaffney Ledger was seen more than 31,000 times as of Thursday afternoon, and liked by more than 1,200 people, many of whom responded with messages of thanks or encouragement.

More events like these, which admittedly hadn’t been held in several years, are in the works in coming days.

“We’re going to keep doing it,” assured Police Chief Rick Turner.

Plans are to go to several neighborhoods and Turner said they’re open to suggestions for different events.

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