WOBURN, MA – On Saturday, September 23, hundreds of kids and their parents attended Back-to-School Safety Day hosted by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, the Woburn Police Department, Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital. In total, over 250 kids explored over 60 different emergency vehicles, while having the opportunity to interact with public safety officials from local, state and federal agencies. Visitors were also able to visit resource booths to get tips on how to stay healthy and safe during back-to-school time.
Winchester Hospital provided visitors with sunscreen, recipes for healthy snacks and other health and safety information. Chiropractor Physician Dr. Lee Zohn was also onsite to inform parents on how to choose the best backpack for their child. Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to enter to win a free backpack.
Other health and safety resources at the event included:
- 20 car seat installations and safety checks performed by Massachusetts State Police and Police Officers from Burlington, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, North Reading, Tewksbury, Waltham and Wilmington, Woburn and Firefighters from Lowell.
- 50 children received Child ID Kits (Amber Alert) from Massachusetts State Police.
- K-9 demonstrations by specialty dogs and their law enforcement handlers from the Massachusetts State Police – Fire & Explosion Investigation Section, National Park Service – Division of Law Enforcement and the Amtrak Police Department.
- Boston Bruins Foundation hosted fitness stations for children. Participants received a certificate signed by Blades, the Bruins mascot, and a BFit wristband.
- Free Flu Shots from Walgreens Pharmacy.
The event was part of Middlesex District Attorney Ryan’s efforts to raise awareness about safety issues surrounding back-to-school with parents, caretakers and children. With more than 233,000 children in Middlesex County beginning or returning to school, children are bound to confront a series of new challenges and unfamiliar experiences. District Attorney Ryan is urging parents to take a few minutes to talk about safety with their child, from safely traveling to and from school to being safe on the Internet.
Agencies partnering in this event were:
- Local: Burlington Police Department, Billerica Police Department, Concord Police Department, North Reading Police Department, Tewksbury Police Department, Acton Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Somerville Police Department, Chelmsford Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, Reading Police Department, Burlington Fire Department, North Reading Fire Department, Woburn Fire Department.
- State Regional: Massachusetts State Police (Troop A), Massachusetts State Police Dive Team, Massachusetts State Police – Fire and Explosion Investigation Section, Massachusetts State Police – Mounted Unit, MBTA Transit Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Massachusetts Department of Correction, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Northeastern MA Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC).
- Federal: 66th Security Forces Squadron – Hanscom Air Force Base, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. National Park Service, Veterans Affairs Police Service, Federal Reserve Police, Amtrak Police.
- EMS:Boston Med Flight, , Armstrong Ambulance Service, Cataldo Ambulance, Fallon Ambulance Service, PrideStar EMS, Trinity EMS, Woburn Medical Reserve Corps.
- Private: Massachusetts General Hospital Police Department, Boston College Police Department, Harvard University Police Department, MIT Police Department, UMass Lowell Police Department.
Safety Resources: Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Winchester Hospital, Winchester Chiropractic Center, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, Operation Lifesaver: Rail Safety Education, K-9 First Responders, HEAT: Heroin Education Awareness Task Force, Medford Overcoming Addiction, Stoneham Coalition: Substance Abuse Prevention & Education, Woburn Medical Reserve Corps, Woburn Public Library, Communities United, Inc. –Woburn Creative Start, Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham & Wakefield, YMCA of Greater Boston; Walgreens (Flu Clinic); Boston Bruins BFit Challenge.
Food and beverages were prepared by the Woburn Lions Club.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.)
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