Vicki Pinnick and her children, Katie, 9, and Chase, 3, of Brazil, visit with local emergency personnel during Kids Day at Movie Gallery on Friday afternoon. Police Chief Mark Loudermilk, Patrolman Chris Blila, Det. Marty Beasley (representing the Brazil City Police Department) Capt. Roy Kellar, Capt. Joe Bennett and firefighter Robert Lamb (representing the Brazil City Fire Department) visited with families that stopped by during the event. Katie and Chase were given coloring books, sticker badges and key chains while meeting officers. They also took a tour of a fire engine in the parking lot. Vicki picked up child identification kits for both her children and a new smoke alarm.
Concerned about child safety because of recent Amber Alerts in the area, Deana Lawson hopes parents will bring their children to visit with law enforcement and emergency personnel on Saturday and pick up a child identification kit.
"I've got kids," said Lawson, the store manager of Movie Gallery. "(Using child identification kits) is important for families."
The video rental company wants to become more active in local communities, according to Lawson.
"With recent events surrounding the local Amber Alerts, I thought this was a good idea," she said. "I've tried to do this in other communities were I was store manager and it didn't work because the local authorities weren't interested. But one call to these guys (Police Chief Mark Loudermilk and Fire Chief Tobey Archer), and they're here. I really appreciate their involvement with the community. They wanted to be here and they need to be recognized for it."
Members of the the Brazil City Police and Fire departments will be outside the storefront Saturday afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. to provide tours of the fire engine, hand out coloring books, sticker badges and key chains while meeting children. They will also provide parents with child identification kits, safety information and smoke detectors.
Vicki Pinnick and her children stopped to visit with officers Friday afternoon.
"The way the world is now you never know when you're going to need to identify your child," she said. "I think this is terrific."
What to do on Saturday:
Children are invited to stop by and meet police officers and firemen, get a tour of a fire engine and recieve some fun items during Kids Day at Movie Gallery.
Parents can pick up child identification kits, safety information and free smoke alarms from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.