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Sussex youth learn safety at Safe Kids Day

Traffic, fire, poison, water safety among issues addressed
Bonny King of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Trauma Program teaches kids (l-r) Miranda Workman, Kaliayah Baustista and Jamie Workman the importance of safety while handing out safety activities at Sussex County Safe Kids Day Aug. 6. BY TAGGART HOUCK
August 27, 2014

On a wide open football field, kids from around Sussex County gathered to learn about traffic, poison and fire safety.

Safe Kids Day brought agencies and businesses from around Delaware, including University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Lowe's, Delaware State Fire School, DelDOT and members of the Sussex Technical High School football team together to promote child safety Aug. 6. Choppers from the Delaware State Police and Lifenet flew in for the safety event.

Safe Kids Day for Sussex County has been teaching safety for at least six years, said Safe Kids Sussex County Chairperson Cheryl Littlefield.

“If the kids can learn one thing today that can keep them safe, then we've done our job,” she said.

A similar event took place in the Lowe's parking lot in June, aimed at eastern Sussex, she said.

State Coordinator Mike O'Malley said the message of safety is important for kids.

“Education is always important,” he said. “It's nice to get them out and do things versus somebody just sitting there and talking about it.”

Toward the end of the event, two State Police Officers from the K9 Unit demonstrated the precise training of police unit dogs, having the dogs chase after an officer wearing protective gear.