County first responders put public safety on display

by Lisa Schauer

Morgan County Emergency Communications (911) hosted a “Meet the Faces of Public Safety” event on Saturday, June 24 behind the Morgan County Courthouse.

Representatives from the volunteer fire companies of Berkeley Springs, Great Cacapon, South Morgan and Paw Paw, as well as Morgan County Rescue (EMS), Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and Town of Bath Police Department showed off their fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances to children rushing through the parking lot gleefully.

“We’re here for the kids, so they can see the police cars and apparatuses,” said Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy J.T. Hedrick as he greeted families, handing out toy hats, stickers, boxes of crayons and coloring books.

Information booths were set up for Morgan County 911, Health Department, emergency preparedness and flood plain representatives to hand out information and giveaways.

Several food trucks served up barbecue, Caribbean food and Hawaiian shaved ice. Pop and country music played as small groups strolled about, pushing strollers and reining in excited youngsters.