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First responders, community organizations take part in touch-a-truck event

Hundreds of local children enjoyed a fun new take on the classic summer slip ‘n’ slide Thursday afternoon thanks to the Highland View FIre Department, who sprayed a crowd of amassed children from atop their fire truck.

The fire department, along with other local emergency responders, spent the afternoon with CareerSource’s summer leadership camp as part of their annual touch-a-truck event.

According to CareerSource special project coordinator Lianna Sagins, “there are 206 campers from ages 4 to 14 participating in this year’s camp.”

The touch-a-truck event, in which the children got to climb through the different trucks, speak with emergency personnel and get to see first hand how the equipment operated, was organized by CareerSource Gulf Coast as part of their annual summer leadership camp.

Participating in the event were representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Highland View Volunteer Fire Department, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, the Port St. Joe Police Department and Coastal Towing. Tropical Paradise gave out shaved ice from their food truck.

Even as it began to drizzle, the campers enthusiastically climbed through an ambulance, explored snake skins from the FWC and danced under a shower from a fire hose.

The camp, which is offered free of cost annually by CareerSource, runs from June to August every year. For more information, visit https://careersourcegc.com/events-detail?cNum=49.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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