WHEELING, WV.A (WTRF) - Kids flaunted their million dollar smiles at the third annual "Touch a Truck" event hosted by the United States Attorney's office Saturday.
The event brought first responders and their vehicles from all over the Ohio Valley.
Paul Camilletti, Criminal Chief, N. District WV.A, helped host the event.
"We have agencies from all over the Northern district of West Virginia including Triadelphia Sheriff's office and state police," said Camilletti.
The Ohio County Sheriff's Office brought out some cool gear for kids and toddlers to toy with. Kids climbed in and out of the red Triadelphia fire truck that was there and kids and parents excitedly watched as a surprise helicopter made landing.
Organizers tell me this event is an effort to strengthen community relations between first responders and Ohio Valley residents.
"What we want to do is form a community relationship so that everyone feels that the police are their police and not some guard that is a part of the community and bringing the children out to meet the policemen, get familiar with the vehicles, that way they can feel that they're all part of the same group," Camilletti said.
The 7News Fan Van and Storm Tracker7 were also on display for the festivities.
Our very own Nick Richter, Promotions Manager, was there passing out free foam footballs, high-fives and taking pictures with the kids. Richter says it was the smile on their faces that brightened his day!
"It is incredible to be at today. To see the kids and the smiles on their face makes it so worth though to be able to be apart of a community that does events like this so well just excites me and it's a blessing to be a part of," said Richter.
The West Virginia National Guard was scheduled for an appearance but as of Saturday, they're away assisting with Hurricane Florence relief.