Melissa Johnson, story and photos:
On Saturday, July 17th, Girl Scout Troop #313 hosted their first annual Emergency Partners Meet and Greet event at Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department. Several local emergency groups were present, providing children of the community an opportunity to meet some of the local heroes and learn about each of their services.
Warren Rural Electric provided demonstrations of their safety trailer. Children and adults commented on how much they learned from the show. KSP Trooper Daniel Priddy was onsite demonstrating the rollover simulator, which helps show the importance of wearing a seat belt. Over 40 children received National Child Safety ID Kits (donated by Corey Culbreth with Kentucky Farm Bureau). Other emergency partners present included: Air Methods, Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department, Edmonson County EMS, Edmonson County Jaws,, Edmonson County Sheriff's Department, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Red Cross, T.J. Regional Health's Stroke and Chest Pain Programs, and Tri-County Search and Rescue.
Chaney's Dairy Barn was also on hand with their homemade ice cream treats.
Overall, the event was a huge success. Several parents requested for the event to become an annual event. One local parent and business owner, Manish Patel, owner of Chalybeate Food Mart, made a donation to the event. The donation was offered to the emergency partners that were scheduled for the event, but several of the partners requested for the money to be re-donated to the Girl Scout Troop who stated that the re-donated funds would be used to support their annual non-perishable food drive that gives back to the Family's Resource Center in Edmonson County each year prior to Christmas break.
These donations support the Backpack Program and provides food support over the Christmas break and throughout the school year.
Girl Scout Troop #313 would like to thank the community for their support.