Behind the wheel at camp
Published 9:03 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2015
When 5-year-old Ashley Nicolet’s turn came, her eyes grew wide as she climbed behind the wheel of the sheriff’s cruiser.
Ashley’s friends, Saniya White, 4, and Kylie Blanchard and Bella Laffey, both also 5, crowded in as she pretended to steer and honk the horn.
They probably suspected the buttons in front of them switch on the lights and sirens. Deputy Troy Babb at least confirmed for them they were right about the lights.
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The cruiser was parked outside Suffolk Family YMCA — where the girls were attending Camp Mohawk — and Babb didn’t want disturb folks getting their workouts on by demonstrating the siren as well.
The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office visited Camp Mohawk as part of ongoing efforts to connect with the community. “They are very inquisitive,” Katie Jones, civil process secretary at the sheriff’s office, said of the kids, which included her grandson.
Mariana Johnson, its lead, said Camp Mohawk has anywhere from 35 to 40 kids at any one time. Following a different theme each week — planes, trains and automobiles this week — the 4- and 5-year-olds do things like arts and crafts and physical activities, including lots of swimming.
Also on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office signed up camp-goers to a program that helps law enforcement find missing children. Parents receive the identification information obtained during the sign-ups, which they can then provide to authorities if their child goes missing.
The sheriff’s office also handed out coloring books.