The East Hartford Police Department and the East Hartford Fire Department were thrilled to participate in the Aetna Summer College Intern program’s 5th Annual Intern/PAL Field Day at the Hartford Riverfront Recapture last week.
“It was a fun-filled day for the kids, staff and first responders, gathered with the purpose of exposing the kids to some of what we do and to continue to create and solidify positive relationships with our Law Enforcement, Fire Department and emergency personnel,” said EHPD Lt. Joshua Litwin.
The goal of the field trip is to provide fun and exciting experience to children by exposing them to unique opportunities and creating positive memories. These field trips generally include a wide-range of activities such as bowling, movies, roller skating and more. This year wasn’t an exception.
This year youths participated in water balloon toss, dunk tanks, rope wars, obstacle courses, face painting and more. Additionally, they took part solving a mock crime based on the given information.
Litwin said the event began five years ago with just 30 kids, several interns and a few police officers. Today, it draws approximately 170 kids from across East Hartford and Hartford as well as 90 interns and contingent of emergency responders. The East Hartford Fire Department and the East Hartford Police Department Marine Units were happy to take kids out for a tour of the CT River while the East Hartford Police Officer Todd Mona and K-9 Casus Belli provided K-9 demonstrations at the event.