NORTHFLIGHT PILOT David Wetherholt, left, chats with Nate Decker of Lake Leelanau, along with 4-year-old Austen and 2-year-old Tucker, during a Public Safety Day exhibit on the Leelanau County Government Center campus Saturday. Despite 95 degree temperatures, turnout was good at a Public Safety Day observance Saturday at the Leelanau County Government Center.
County emergency management director Tom Skowronski said equipment and representatives of each of Leelanau County’s fire and rescue departments were on hand, as were representatives from the Michigan State Police, Northflight Emergency Services, the Leelanau County Mounted Patrol and many other groups.
“We’re grateful for the free ice cream machine we were provided,” Skowronski said. “It was so hot that we certainly went through a lot of ice cream.”
Skowronski said that operators of day care centers were specifically invited to attend the event, and many young children were on hand. He said that free weather alert radios were presented to day care operators who didn’t already have them.
GRAND TRAVERSE Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Fire and Rescue Department administrator Steve Wanageshik directs a tribal pumper truck driven by volunteer Steven Alberts through a parking lot at the county Government Center on Public Safety Day. Skowronski said kids were especially attracted to a fire extinguisher demonstration.
NEALE HUBSCHNEIDER, a deputy with the Leelanau County Mounted Patrol, right, shows off some of the unit’s horses to Britany Abbey of Lake Leelanau and 3-year-old son Erik.