ANDOVER – Despite cloudy skies and a consistent stream of sprinkles, hundreds made their way to Central Park on Saturday night to be a part of the Andover Police and Fire Festival. With exhibits from many of the area law enforcement and emergency service providers on display for public consumption, thousands of grilled burgers and hot dogs were also served to those in attendance.
“We had a pretty steady line for food from the beginning, right up until the end.” said Michelle Sell, President of the Andover Police and Fire Foundation.
Not only was it an opportunity to honor those who lay their lives on the line on a daily basis, but it was also a chance for these agencies to get up close and personal with the people that they serve.
The attractions ranged from the Andover Police Department providing an exhibit where one could drive a golf cart with goggles that simulate the effect of alcohol on the body, to the Department of Homeland Security bringing in a mobile police station from Newton so that residents could see where they work during a crisis situation. Dunkin’ Donuts contributed a musical chairs game and gave away free donuts, while both the Andover Police and Fire Departments participated in a well-attended dunking booth.
In addition, fire departments from Andover, Augusta, and Cassoday had equipment on display, while the Butler County Sheriff’s Department gave tours of their SWAT team vehicle.
Food was prepared by Andover Police Chief Michael Keller, Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell, and Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.