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Blitz, the Cottage Grove Police Department's working canine, made an appearance at safety camp. Campers, such as Brianna Herme (foreground) and Gretchen Stoskopf were allowed to gently pet Blitz after the demonstration. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Safety Camp thrills Cottage Grove kids

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As the three-day annual safety camp entered its 18th year, there was a twist on one of the traditions.

Every year, Cottage Grove firefighters bring a car ready to be junked to Hamlet Park where the three-day camp is held. The car is set on fire and firefighters demonstrate how the fire is extinguished.

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At last week's annual camp, however, firefighters added something new by showing kids what can happen if drivers are distracted by texting or talking on cellphones.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
(651) 459-7600
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