City of Altus hosts big truck event - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

City of Altus hosts big truck event

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

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.

Copyright 2017 KSWO. All rights reserved.
 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:06 PM EST2018-02-25 19:06:53 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

  • 3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:56 PM EST2018-02-25 18:56:06 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:09 PM EST2018-02-25 17:09:11 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

Powered by Frankly