LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Lawton Police Department was given a crash course on the importance of leading a healthy life.
Back the Blue in Lawton is a special health fair designed to serve those who protect and serve. Officers had access to several types of health screenings, such as PTSD or blood pressure screenings. Officers admit and health officials agree that often times an officer's health takes a back seat to the job.
"It's important for them to be screened because they live kind of a sedentary lifestyle, generally they are riding around in their car ten hour shifts," said Lawton Police training officer Richard Wallace.
"Our health is one of the things we let go more than anything, it's the last thing we worry about especially as a police officer you have a thousand other things on your mind and this is a way to catch them, screen them, make sure they're healthy along the way," said Aspire Home Care account executive Stephen Brown.
Students and staff from Platt College provided many of the fair's services, and say they were happy to take care of the officers who selflessly put their lives on the line each day.
"They're here to protect us, and we want them to be as healthy as they can be. We don't want them to be at risk for heart attack or stroke while they're out there in the community," said Medical Assistant for Phlebotomy Andrea Gibbs.
LPD officials say that if possible, they'd like to participate in more health fairs in the future.