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City to Host Touch A Truck - May 13, 2017

Post Date:05/05/2017 3:26 PM

WEST COVINA, CA, May 5, 2017 – The City of West Covina is hosting a community event for children and the young at heart.  Touch A Truck is an interactive, hands-on event allowing kids to climb on, learn about, and discover their favorite big trucks and vehicles.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the upper parking lot of Cortez Park and Fire Station No. 2 located at 2441 E. Cortez Street.  Children and their families are invited to attend to experience first-hand how it feels to sit in the driver’s seat and meet some of these vehicle operators and hometown heroes. 

"Once again we are happy to host Touch A Truck in West Covina.  It gives children an opportunity to be up close to and examine the equipment, flash  the lights, and talk to the individuals who work with the vehicles that provide services to West Covina," said City of West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw.

Vehicles participating in Touch A Truck include several West Covina Fire Department vehicles, West Covina Police Department vehicles, a back hoe, camera truck, a miniature Athens garbage truck (Mighty Mike), a large Foothill Transit bus and more.  The event is free and open to the public.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event from the West Covina Fire Department Explorers.  Special guest appearances available for photo opportunities will also include West Covina Fire Department member Sparky the Dog and the U.S. Forest Service mascot Smokey the Bear.

The West Covina Fire Department will also offer behind the scenes tours of Fire Station No. 2 as well as demonstrations in fire safety throughout the day. 

Touch A Truck is a collaborative celebration in the City of West Covina in honor of Fire Service Day, National Police Week, and National Public Works Week.

For more information about Touch A Truck call (626) 939-8401 or visit us on the web at www.westcovina.org.

About Fire Service Day

Fire Service Day was originally designated by the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a day to “focus attention on the many varied and technical professional services offered by Fire Departments across the United States and Canada, and to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the fire service.”  The West Covina Fire Department has continued to observe Fire Service Day by hosting an annual open house providing demonstrations and information to the public.  Fire Service Day is observed on May 13, 2017.

About National Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Peace Officers Memorial Day honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their communities, which, since the first recorded law enforcement line-of-duty. Among these fallen officers are West Covina Police Department Officers Frederik Jan Ham, Jay Warren Jackson, and Kenneth Scott Wrede who we remember as part of this week.

About National Public Works Week

Since 1960, the American Public Works Association has designated one week in May as National Public Works Week.  The City of West Covina Public Works Department includes employees focused on streets, sewers, facilities, parks, engineering, maintenance, and environmental services.  These staff members make sure City signals are working, sewers are flowing, streets are paved and parks are open.  National Public Works Week is a week to honor and recognize the service of public works staff nationwide and educate the public about the services provided by public works employees.  National Public Works Week is observed May 21-27, 2017. 

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