Guns, dogs and firetrucks: Annual safety camp draws a crowd
COTTAGE GROVE — The safety campers had a lot of questions for Cottage Grove Police officers Ryan Pierre and Andrea Lindeen.
How much does your bulletproof vest weigh?
Have you used a stun gun on someone?
Have you been shocked by a stun gun and pepper sprayed?
"Yes because if I pepper spray someone and it comes back on me I have to know what it feels like," Lindeen said.
Do the pieces of an AR-15 fit together like Legos?
(Yes, kind of.)
Can you put handcuffs on me?
"No, because if we can't get them off, then I'll be in trouble," Pierre said.
Eighty-five local youths turned up for the 24th annual safety camp at Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove. They learned about 911, bike safety, gun safety, fire prevention, kitchen safety, electrical safety and first aid. Cottage Grove Police and Fire Department told campers about their jobs and showed them their equipment and tools.
The two-day camp included a K-9 demonstration, a pumper fire truck and a mock extraction and rescue from the wreckage of a car. The bomb sniffing dogs from the Metro Transit Police in the Twin Cities were a hit with Efrain Jiminez-Boggess, 12, and Mariana Olson, 10.