A Fun Day At Work? That It Was, For Children of Morris County Sheriff’s Officers and Civilians Who Brought Their Kids to Work

Dozens of children of sworn officers and civilian employees of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Corrections went to work Thursday with their parents, where they got to climb aboard a helicopter and Bearcat and marvel at a magician and the skills of K-9 Tim.

Bring Your Child to Work Day at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy
A visit by air ambulance Atlantic Air One thrilled children of sworn officers and civilian employees of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office during the annual “Bring Your Child To Work Day” on April 25, 2019.

About 70 children got a spectacular view of some of the ways their parents earn a paycheck during “Bring Your Child To Work Day.” Held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, the event was organized by Corrections Sergeant Andrew Bileci and Bureau of Law Enforcement Lt. Denise Thornton and Corporal Laura Bertelli, both of the Community Outreach and Planning Section.

“The turnout was great and shows the feeling of family and pride within the Sheriff’s Office,” said Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Sammy Klein and magician Joe Fischer
Sammy Klein, the son of Morris County Correctional Facility Warden Chris Klein, in the process of being transformed by magician Joe Fischer during the Sheriff’s Office annual celebration of “Bring Your Child To Work Day” on April 25, 2019.

A coup of the event was the arrival of the air ambulance Atlantic Air One, which responds to medical emergencies out of Morristown Medical Center. After landing on the Training Academy lawn – with pilot Steve Masi, flight nurse Casey Schill and paramedic Sean Lynch aboard – the helicopter that can travel at 160 miles per hour was toured by the children.

“Can we get a toy like that?” one child asked his father, who replied, “You already have four. Small ones.”

Officers on the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) kept careful watch over children as they inspected the interior of an Emergency Services Unit truck used for rescues and extrications. Many detectives from the Crime Scene Investigation Section were at the academy with their children, who got crash courses on how the equipment in CSI vehicles is used to collect evidence and illuminate scenes in the dark or in wooded areas.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Mike Turkot and his son
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mike Turkot and his son at the Sheriff’s Office’s annual celebration of “Bring Your Child To Work Day” on April 25, 2019.

 

“My daughter was so excited she couldn’t even sleep last night,” Crime Scene Investigation Detective Sergeant Laura Flynn said.

K-9 Section Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and Detective Marc Adamsky, with his K-9 Tim, gave demonstrations on the lawn of how the dogs respond to verbal commands and bask in the reward of a ball to chew on.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Corporal Brian Ahern with his motorcycle
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Brian Ahern with one of many children eager to sit on his duty motorcycle at the Sheriff’s Office’s annual celebration of “Bring Your Child To Work Day” on April 25, 2019.
Detective Corporal Michael McMahon of the K-9 Section of the Morris County Sheriff's Office
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Corporal Michael McMahon, of the K-9 Section, hands out K-9 cards identifying the section’s talented dogs during the annual celebration April 25, 2019, of “Bring Your Child To Work Day.”

Another crowd-pleasing event of the day was a performance by magician Joe Fischer, who used children from the audience to demonstrate his prowess at plucking coins out of ears and mouths and creating the illusion that one child was turned into a sea-monster catcher and another child into a rabbit.

At lunchtime, the children feasted on pizza – a treat that the schedules of busy officers don’t always allow for.