Public Safety Bike Parade 2013
By CHRISTOPHER BRINCKERHOFF
Journal & Topics Reporter
A group of Rosemont children paraded through town Sunday morning, October 6 to drum up awareness about fire prevention.
About 25 kids mounted their bicycles, embellished with posters, streamers and other décor reflecting the theme for this year’s fire prevention parade – kitchen fires. They pedaled from Rosemont Elementary School to Lange Park. This was the second consecutive year the fire prevention division of the Public Safety Department sponsored the event, said Donald Stephens III, public safety chief.
At the park, volunteer public safety and off-duty officers handed out awards to three youngsters with the best-decorated bicycles, Stephens said, and cooked hotdogs for the crowd.
“[The fire prevention division] really does all the hard work,” Stephens said.
Students from Rosemont Elementary School have been the primary participants in the fire prevention parade so far, Stephens said, but he would like to attract more kids from throughout the community to the event. Public safety officers handed out giveaways and spoke with parents and their children about fire prevention at the fashion outlets mall and other places in the village throughout the week, Stephens said. “I want to reach out to all the kids,” Stephens said.
Stephens said the parade went off without a hitch, and was similar to the parade last year.
“We always get good feedback,” Stephens said.