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Child Development Center honors first responders in Florence

October 31, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Classes of excited children got to see firetrucks, police cars and an ambulance on Tuesday morning during a first responder presentation at the Child Development Center at Woods Road.

After the presentation, the center provided breakfast for first responders.

Susan Knight, a parent facilitator at The Child Development Center at Woods Road, said that each year, a local fire station normally comes to the center for fire safety month to talk about safey procedures in the place of a fire.

This year, however, members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Department and the Florence County EMS came to Woods Road.

“This year we decided to do something more than just them seeing the children in light of what’s happened in our community,” Knight said. “We decided we wanted to bless them for all they do for us.”

Captain Reginald Bridges, with the city of Florence Fire Department, showed kids the hoses and various pieces on a firetruck and about safety drills.

“Anytime we have the opportunity to talk with the kids about what we do and letting them see the apparatus, it is fun for us and it is fun for them,” Bridges said.

Bridges said the children learned about fire safety, fire alarms and escape plans during the presentation.

Bridges said he was thankful for the center blessing them with breakfast during their presentation.

The breakfast was provided by various community members, such as a biscuit donation from the Exxon station on Pamplico Highway.

Parent Jenn McKissick helped pick up donations for the breakfast.

“It’s for a good cause, and you want to set a good example for the kids,” McKissick said.

Knight said the center has events like these to continue relationships with parents and the community.

“We’re really big on having relationships with our parents and with the community,” Knight said. “We try really hard to focus on that. We just find it really important.”