First responders bond with ETX summer campers

First responders bond with ETX summer campers

Police and firefighters took some time out Wednesday to get to know East Texas children.

It was public safety appreciation day at the Tyler Boys and Girls Club and 250 summer campers taught those first responders from the Tyler Police Department and the Tyler Fire Department some new dances.  Many of the children were meeting a first responder for the first time.

"Kids who maybe have encountered police officers or firemen in emergency situations get to see them in a positive light and a relaxed setting to see that they're real people too," camp director Raychel McKelvy said. "They eat, they laugh and they have fun just like the kids do."

The Boys and Girls club summer camp offers sports, arts and crafts and meals. Children also participate in Bible study and receive support from a mentor.


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