Storytime With First Responders At Glen Cove Public Library

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Glen Cove Police Officer Ted Karousos and Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Carlos Cardenas discussed the books children’s librarian Anna Dunlop read before they went up to speak. (Photos by Jennifer Corr)

Glen Cove Police Officer Ted Karousos and Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Carlos Cardenas stopped by the Glen Cove Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 7 to discuss safety tips with local children.
The program started with children’s librarian Anna Dunlop reading books such as Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, which tells the story of a police officer and police dog providing a local school safety tips, and Firehouse! by Mark Teague, which tells the story of two cousins’ day at the firehouse.
“I think it’s so important for the community to know the policemen and fire people and to know that they’re here to help them,” Dunlop said. “They should know that they’re ordinary people and they’re here to help them and their parents and the community, and that they can go to them if they need help.”
Officer Karousos went over the three digit number children can call if there’s an emergency: 911. And Chief Cardenas told the children in the case of a fire, if they see a firefighter in uniform, do not run away.
The children then shared what they wanted to be when they grew up, with occupations including firefighter and police officer. And finally, officer Karousos admitted that he thought a fire truck was cooler than a police car.

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