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Summer Safety Fest is Friday at Porter's Hawthorne Park

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Summer Safety Fest is this Friday, June 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Porter’s Hawthorne Park.

This free, family-focused event is designed for children of all ages, and will feature interactive activities and demonstrations led by Porter Police and Porter Fire Search & Rescue.

Back by popular demand are Harley, the Porter Fire, Search & Rescue dog and Kilo, the Porter Police dog. Both will provide demonstrations throughout the event.

Other interactive activities include a smoke house, a search and rescue diver in a dive tank, ‘Ready, Aim, Put Out the Fire,’ and free face painting. The police will be providing Children's Finger Printing & ID Cards and an exhibit of illicit drug samples to help kids 'D.A.R.E. to say NO!' Or, try to dunk a police officer in the dunk tank!

New partners and activities include ‘Stranger Danger’ presented by James O’Connor Martial Arts, tours of ambulances and tactical emergency response vehicles provided by Superior Ambulance and Prompt Ambulance and ‘Be the Exception’ presented by Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH), an interactive program promoting positive self-esteem and an anti-bullying message.

These special 'Be the Exception' interactive sessions are designed to be age appropriate and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. The first session is designed for children 5-8 years of age and will run from 6:00-6:30 p.m. The second session is for children 9-12 years of age and will run from 6:45-7:15 p.m. The last session is for t'weens 13-15 years of age and will run from 7:30-8:00 p.m. 'Be the Exception' sessions will be held in the community building.

The always popular ‘Jaws of Life’ car extrication will be the evening finale.

Dinner or snacks can be purchased on-site from Dori’s Food Stuff featuring sandwiches, fries and Elephant Ears.

Summer Safety Fest is co-chaired by Sophia Keating and Eric Ailes, both age 11, and is generously sponsored by TSL Refrigeration and the Town of Porter.

For additional information please contact Brian Bugajski, Director of Parks at 921-1687 or Visit and ‘like’ the parks on Facebook for future invitations,


Posted 6/13/2013