Children meet officers, enjoy ice cream treats

Mirror photo by Kay Stephens / Kelan Carter, 3, of Altoona sat inside a Greenfield Township police cruiser on Saturday with help from patrolman Jason Loose. Both were participating in the second annual Kids, Cops and Cones event held at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, Hollidaysburg.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After climbing into a Greenfield Township police cruiser on Saturday afternoon, 3-year-old Kelan Carter of Altoona figured out how to activate the vehicle’s siren. Then he activated it again.

Patrolman Jason Loose laughed in response as the young boy flashed a big smile.

“An event like this is a good time,” Loose said. “It’s nice to let people see the kind of equipment we have.”

Loose was among more than a dozen officers from multiple Blair County police departments participating in the second annual Kids, Cops and Cones event hosted at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard at The Meadows Intersection.

While Meadows personnel handed out coupons to kids for free ice cream cones, officers opened their vehicles doors so the kids and parents could see inside.

“My kids wanted to see the police vehicles,” said Stephanie Heaton of Tyrone whose sons, ages 4 and 6, were among a group of youngsters crowding into the back of a police transport vehicle.

An event like this also gives people a chance to meet the local police officers, which is especially important for kids, said state trooper Dan Moyer of the Hollidaysburg barracks.

“Kids who come to this can see we’re friendly, so if something happens, then they’re not as afraid to approach us,” Moyer said.

Kelan’s parents, Keith and Salina Carter, also brought their 8-month-old daughter, Aveleen, to the event. Seated in a stroller, the baby played with a toy cruiser while her brother got the inside view and the chance to activate the siren.

“We’re big fans of supporting the police forces,” Salina Carter said.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.