Mohawk Ambulance Service and the City School District of Albany today partnered with local community agencies to offer the Summer Celebration and Safety Day to local children and families. The event at Albanyâ€™s Krank Park featured a free picnic-style cookout, games and giveaways, and safety information from participating organizations on staying safe this summer season.
Representatives from partnering agencies included the New York State Police, Albany County Department of Health, Albany County Department of Public Works, Albany County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department, Albany Housing Authority, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Peterâ€™s Hospital Care Mobile, Albany Community Action Partnership, First Student, First New York Federal Credit Union, Albany Public Library, and Coleâ€™s Collision Centers.
Highlights of the event included a demonstration from an Albany County Sheriffâ€™s K9 deputy, fire engine and ambulance tours, and Operation SAFE Child IDâ€™s from the Albany Police Department. The cards include a photo, fingerprints and other vital information that can be helpful in the event a child goes missing. Alongside the educational activities, children and families enjoyed a complimentary barbecue and giveaways. Entertainment was provided by local band â€œLegacy.â€
“Summer Celebration and Safety Day allows us to keep educating students and families even when school is out. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to focus on staying safe and healthy during summer months, and we couldnâ€™t do it without the support of our community partners,â€ said Kaweeda G. Adams, superintendent of the City School District of Albany. â€œThank you to all of you, and a special shout out to the folks at Mohawk Ambulance Service who have stepped up once again to make the event a success.â€
â€œWe want to remind children to be aware of their surroundings and potential dangers that go along with their favorite summer activities. This event conveys those messages in a fun and interactive manner,â€ said James P. McPartlon, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. â€œWeâ€™ve added a number of new partners this year Iâ€™d like to sincerely thank them for their participation.â€