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Children view safety vehicles, get health check

Aubree Pancurak, 5, of Lisbon, was thrilled to meet Silky, a 10-year-old therapy dog who greeted children during the free health and safety say at the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office in Lisbon on Saturday.

LISBON — On their last weekend of summer before going back to school on Monday, some county children got the opportunity to tour police and emergency vehicles, cuddle a therapy dog, and even have their vision tested.

The Columbiana County Health and Safety Day held at the new Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics on North Market Street in Lisbon on Saturday was a fun learning opportunity for kids and their parents alike.

Ailyn Lawrence, 7, of Columbiana, already knows she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Her family is encouraging her to learn as much about it as she can, and have already taken her to visit police officers around the county.

During the free safety day Lawrence met with Lisbon officer Fred Carlisle, who showed her the ins and outs of his police cruiser.

Inside the pediatrics wing, Lawrence also learned how to calculate her body mass index, which was one of the many other educational aspects of the safety day, while another child, Lucas Hicks, took a vision test and was happy to learn his vision was perfect.

Lisbon Police Officer Fred Carlisle shows Ailyn Lawrence, 7, of Columbiana, the ins and outs of the Lisbon police cruiser. (Salem News photos by Katie White)

The free health and vision screenings for children were held inside the new pediatrics wing where parents were also able to learn about infant sleep safety with regards to cribs, emergency preparedness and car seat safety.

The event was sponsored by the Columbiana County Health District, Safe Kids Mahoning Valley and Akron Children’s Hospital.

In addition to police cruisers, children and parents also had the opportunity to explore a Lisbon Fire Department truck and a West Point Fire Department ambulance.

They also had the opportunity to meet Silky, a 10-year-old therapy dog for Akron Children’s Hospital owned and handled by Roxanne Johnson.

County Health District Commissioner Wes Vins said he was pleased the organizations could work together on the event to provide education about safety and health to the public for free.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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