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Posted April 29, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Police and partners host safety fair

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- At least one child is riding safer thanks to the town police department's inaugural Safety Day this weekend.

Officers from Woodstock Police Department, Strasburg Police Department and the Virginia State Police were at DuPont Community Credit Union Saturday morning and afternoon, along with fire and rescue volunteers from Woodstock, area Boy Scouts and Shenandoah County Emergency Communications.

"We've had a great turnout so far," Woodstock officer Josh Wilberger said. "The weather's kept a lot of people in. We've cooked 120 hot dogs.

"This is our inaugural event. We hope that we can do this for many more years to come."
Area businesses and organizations donated food and equipment, or offered price breaks, he said.

At the fair, children could get their faces painted, be fingerprinted, register their bikes, and watch a K-9 demonstration. Parents could get free gun locks, their blood pressure checked and car seats inspected.

Additionally, children could practice what to do in an emergency with the help of a 911 simulator.

"It was really kind of a full-service event for us," Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said.
By early afternoon, nine car seats had been checked, Wilberger said.

"They found one that was out of date, and therefore unsafe, and they replaced that for free with one of our car seats that we provide," he said.

DuPont conducted one of its semi-annual paper shreds, branch manager Jean Ellis-Copp said. They're a good way to protect customers' information from identity thieves, she said.
Officers also conducted a prescription drug take back. Wilberger estimated 100 pounds of liquid and tablet drugs were taken in.

"That's been a huge draw," he said.

Children seemed to enjoy riding around the bicycle obstacle course and trying out Fatal Vision goggles, which simulate intoxication.

Also popular was a demonstration in which a trooper released his K-9 partner on a fleeing suspect. The dog even jumped into a car through a window to capture the suspect.

Reiley said he hoped the safety fair became an annual event.

"We think it was a huge success," he said. "The weather was a little iffy, but we had a good turnout. We took a large number of prescription drugs."

Courtland Racey, of Woodstock, pronounced the day "fun."

"I've done the bike course," the 10-year-old said as Woodstock investigator Derek Good finger printed him. "I've done the goggle test."

Ethan Runion, 9, and his brother, Alex, 8, raced to try on the goggles and try to walk a marked path.

Their mother, Sandy Runion, brought them to the fair for a simple reason.

"Just looking for something to do," she said.

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