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Published May 09, 2012, 04:46 PM

Emerado Students Learn First-hand About Law Enforcement

EMERADO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Kids in Emerado got to see first-hand what local law enforcement does on a daily basis. Deputies, firefighters and EMTs told students not to be afraid of them, because they're there to help.

EMERADO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Kids in Emerado got to see first-hand what local law enforcement does on a daily basis. Deputies, firefighters and EMTs told students not to be afraid of them, because they're there to help.

Local agencies showed off their gear and let the kids try it out for themselves.

These kids have never been in the back of a cop car, but today they got to see what it's like first-hand.

"When the cops speak in their speakers it's really loud, " First Grader Raelyn Sturdavant said.

Loud sirens, flashing lights and water hoses, got kids excited to learn about what law enforcement does everyday.

"I never knew that they drove boats and stuff like that," Fourth Grader Precious Azure said.

"I like seeing the dogs, all the cars," Sturdavant said.

"Look at each cop car and fire truck to see what they can do," Eighth Grader Kiana Aarhus said.

Emerado Emergency Services Day gives kids the chance to learn more about what to do in an emergency situation.

"I wanted to get the kids out here and get involved with us, let them see what we do on a personal level. Get to know us, that we're here for them and here to help," Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jake Lanes said.

"You know they can feel comfortable to call for help if they need anything and that way they know like in a fire situation that they can go to them and not hide and not be scared," 2nd Grade Teacher Amy Havelka said.

Whether kids are in 1st grade or 8th grade, they are excited to see the cars, K-9 unit and have the comfort of knowing someone is looking out for them.

"I think it's pretty important so they can learn not to be afraid of police or something or just to know the police want to help them," Azure said.

Kids also had the chance to try on firefighter gear and sit in the Sheriff's Department's airboat.

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