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PERRY — First responders will be a part of Perry Central School’s annual Pumpkin Walk event.

The event is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. It will also include an earlier 5:30 p.m. start time for children with sensory processing needs that will feature appropriate accommodations for that audience in addition to a smaller crowd size.

The event showcases elementary student pumpkin creations, food by Busy Bees, a scarecrow contest, winter clothes swap, and hayrides.

For the last several years, School Resource Officer Matt Masci has developed a strong partnership with the event to involve local emergency responders.

This year, the Perry Police Department, Perry Fire Department, and Perry Ambulance will be on hand for a “Touch a Truck” activity that encourages students to interact with the first responders, check out the emergency vehicles, take pictures and more.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit will also be patrolling the campus for photo opportunities and meet and greets. The Perry Police Department will also have its Child Passenger Safety Technicians on site with a free car seat check event.

Trained and certified Technicians use the “Learn, Practice, and Explain” model to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and properly install the appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle, so it can be used correctly every time.

Whether you have purchased a new car seat or you have one that has been in use already, the technicians can give you the peace of mind that it is fitted properly, Perry police said in a news release. All that’s needed is for people to bring their car, child and a car seat/booster.

Car Seat Technicians will not be there to issue tickets or punish anyone for improper fittings. They will ensure children are leaving in a safe manner.

“If we discover your child is in an improper, expired, damaged, or recalled seat, we can help,” police said in the release. “With increased manufacturing costs, we know that families often struggle with purchasing the necessary seats as children grow. Thanks to funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, we are often able to replace these seats at no cost to you. This, of course, is while supplies last.”

“ll of our local first responders love being part of community events like this,” Masci said. “Thanks to the funding provided by the Child Passenger Safety program from the GTSC, while we interact with our community we can now ensure our kids are safe out on the road as well and give families peace of mind before the holiday travel season.”

The Car Seat Check event will begin at 5:30pm and end with the Pumpkin Walk at 7:30 pm.

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