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Safety is number one at LeDgebrook event

WINSTED — Ledgebrook Plaza was the site of an annual child safety fair on Saturday, July 16, featuring free child photo identification cards provided by Winsted Police Department, safety and equipment demonstrations with the police and fire departments and free family activities.Organized by the Rite Aid store in the plaza, the event included a LifeStar helicopter landing and numerous demonstrations and discussions with local police, fire and emergency personnel.Store manager Shirley Cole said the event is fun for both children and adults who are treated to interesting sights and sounds as they learn about child safety. “The reason we hold this fair is so many kids go missing each year,” she said. “It’s important to teach children about safety. It’s also important to improve their safety with identification cards.”The Winsted Fire Department brought a toy robot fire engine to the event, along with a real firetruck for children to tour.LifeStar made a grand entrance for the crowd of attendees, while numerous children had their faces painted and received identification cards to assist authorities in the event of medical issues or other emergencies.

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