PITTSFIELD – National EMS Week is observed each year during the third full week in May and on Wednesday, the town of Pittsfield brought students from the community and surrounding areas together to recognize and thank first responders. It also was part of the town’s bicentennial celebration.
Though there wasn’t an actual emergency, police cruisers and a fire truck were among the emergency vehicles behind Warsaw Middle School as students from Pittsfield and Newport learned more about careers as first responders.
“I think it’s really cool that we can have the experience to see what they do and how and what we could possibly do as a job when we’re older,” said Trinity Leavitt, a student at Warsaw Middle School.
Michael Cray, who has been a school resource officer since last fall, said the event also gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with law enforcement officers.
“To show them that these guys are genuine heroes … we want to expose them to a large group of responders in case something should happen, which we hope it never does,” said Cray.
Students high-fived Smokey Bear and gave handmade thank you cards to the men in uniform. They said they felt it was important to recognize their work.
“If they didn’t respond quickly, and if they weren’t there, you could’ve gotten a lot more hurt or you could die,” said Jerzi Thompson, a student at Warsaw Middle School.
Officers gave demonstrations and kids got hands-on experience in how some of the equipment works.
“I just know some people who have jobs like that and I really want to know what they actually do,” said Warsaw Middle School student Hanna Rodriguez.
Wednesdays’ event was a first for the school and teachers said gratitude is something the school system at Pittsfield strives to instill in its students.
“We all are working together to make Pittsfield and Maine a better place,” said Marie Jones, a teacher at Warsaw Middle School.
Pittsfield is celebration elbrlemarks its bicentennial this year. Most activities are happening in mid-June but this was part of the celebration.