Firemen, officers visit West Primary

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 30, 2005

NATCHEZ &8212; Safety day at West Primary School Friday inspired a few new career plans.

&8220;When I grow up I&8217;m going to be a fireman,&8221; kindergartener Jeremy Alexander said just before his first trip into the cab of a fire truck.

The Natchez Fire Department, the police department and the Adams County Sheriff&8217;s Office brought their vehicles to the school to give the students a closer look and a lesson on safety.

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&8220;When I get big I&8217;m going to be in a fire truck like that,&8221; Marquis Wheeler said.

The shiny truck with tires taller than some of the children was all it took to turn most of the boys and some of the girls onto the profession. But for others, like Ahustyn Smith, being a fireman isn&8217;t enough.

&8220;I&8217;m going to be a fireman and a policeman,&8221; he said.

NPD&8217;s Officer Charles Woods let the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students stick their heads into his vehicle, protective bars and all, and he showed them pictures of dangerous drugs to avoid.

Matthew Smith has opted to follow in Woods&8217; footsteps and be a policeman.

&8220;I want to put people in jail that are speeding,&8221; he said.

Back at the fire truck, the kindergarteners delved into the details of what it will mean to be a fireman.

&8220;You get some water in the truck and put it on the fire,&8221; Cameron Beverly said.

About half say it&8217;s an easy job, and half say it&8217;s hard.

&8220;You&8217;ve got to get in the fires, climb up the ladder and get in there,&8221; Christopher Scott said. &8220;That&8217;s hard.&8221;

The West students had picnic lunches Friday before the safety lessons, and parent volunteers ran mini-concession stands once the event started.

The day was combined with the annual Books and Beyond Reading Program kickoff, and parents attended both events.