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City of Altus hosts big truck event

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ALTUS, OK (KSWO) - Kids and parents in Altus got a special treat during their spring break, an inside look at different city service trucks.

This is the second year the City of Altus is hosting the "Big Truck" event as a way for kids to do something fun and for free during their time off school. Along with the fire trucks and police cars, there were garbage trucks, drug task force vehicles and Altus Power trucks.

Everyday around town we see fire trucks and police cars, but what we don't see are vehicles like the MRAP used by the drug task force for hostage situations and warrant services, and some kids on Wednesday got the chance to put on a uniform and sit in the cars to see if this is something they want to do in the future.

Six year old, Braxton Jones got to learn some of the ropes by turning on the lights and sirens as he pursues his dreams of one day becoming a police officer. He also got to sit in the front and back of an Altus Police Car.

"I got to honk the horn, I got to get in jail and I got to honk the horn again," Braxton said..

He said his dad is his hero and he wants to be just like him because he's also a police officer.

"Because he saves people."

Shamika Jones, Braxton's mother, is excited her kids are not only enjoying days off from school, but learning more about how the city uses these trucks to help the community. She knows her son will take away a lot from his experience.

"He loved every bit of it, so to see both sides where it's not all about guns and fighting and tackling people, it's about some other stuff and they explain what's what," said Jones.

Drew George, an Altus Firefighter, spent the day showing kids around the pumper and multi-purpose truck.

He said interacting with the community and teaching kids what they do is important because it makes children more comfortable if they see them battling a fire or just out and about in the community.

"I think it's great because when we're on scene, if we happen to go to a fire that's at their house, we're usually in full bunker gear and so when they see us it could be scary for them, that way they get to see us in the gear putting it on and out of the gear and we're just normal people in these clothes," said George.

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