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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.