Families come out for lodge day event

Dominick Porcello, center, feels what it's like to be in a Life Net medical helicopter, as flight paramedic Derek Thoman looks on at the Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social Sunday at the Johnstown Moose Club. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Several families, mostly with small children, took part Sunday in the Johnstown Women of the Moose’s first-ever Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social on the Johnstown Moose Club grounds.

A beautiful day was on tap for a free event that not only stressed public safety, but was fun too.

“It was not only for children, but also for adults,” said Patricia Jennings, the event’s chief organizer.

Families learned from a variety of area fire departments, police departments and emergency medical personnel how to live their lives the safe way.

Johnstown Assistant Fire Chief Paul Stegel said that hopefully the kids in such events can catch some ways to learn what to do in a real emergency. He said prevention is key.

Sparky attended the Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social Sunday at the Johnstown Moose Club grounds. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

“September is Fire Safety Month,” Stegel noted.

Matt Sweet of Gloversville, who attended the event with his two children, works at Benjamin Moore paint company in Johnstown. He said that company cares about safety both on the job and at home.

“My employer is huge on public safety,” Sweet said. “They want us to make sure we do it at home.”

Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Robert Caruso said his agency is happy to be part of such events.

“It’s for community service,” he said. “That way people know who we are.”

A family's children get fingerprinted and helmets at the Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social Sunday at the Johnstown Moose Club grounds. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

During the afternoon, families went from station to station and kids took turns getting in Fultonville’s LifeNet helicopter manned by flight paramedic Derek Thoman.

Other activities at the family-friendly event included a free bicycle raffle, fire truck demonstration, Smoke House, ambulance, finger painting, free helmets, K-9 demonstration, “Sparky the Dalmatian,” child car seat safety demonstration, and an ice cream social.

On hand at the Community Safety Awareness Event were members and representatives of law enforcement, fire departments, ambulances services and other public safety representatives from throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties. The event stressed the importance of stopping emergencies before they begin, or dealing with them if they do occur.

Jennings said the event started out being organized as just an ice cream social and a bike raffle. But she said that after the Women of the Moose were in touch with the Johnstown Police Department, the event turned into a bike safety event. It later further evolvED into a larger event about safety in general, Jennings said.

The event was free to attend, but food such as hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks was available for a nominal price with proceeds of the event going back to Moose organization charities, the organizer said.

Arielle Hughes and David Hughes of Johnstown put their tickets in a jar for a bicycle raffle at the Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social on Sunday at the Johnstown Moose Club grounds. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

The Johnstown Moose Club grounds was a popular place Sunday for the first-ever Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

A Life Net helicopter lands at the Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social on Sunday on the Johnstown Moose Club grounds. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

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