The Salt Lake County sheriff's office honored school crossing guards from Granite and Jordan school districts Saturday by treating them to a day of seminars and activities.
"It's kind of a combination thank-you party and training seminar," said Capt. Mike Wilkinson of the sheriff's office. "It introduces the kids to how things function in the area of public safety and at the same time rewards them for serving as crossing guards."The day began for the more than 2,200 sixth-graders with a free two-hour trip to Hogle Zoo. Afterward, the motorcycle unit from the sheriff's office escorted the 20-bus caravan to the sheriff's complex, where students were treated to law enforcement seminars and a hot-dog lunch.
The students saw a demonstration by the sheriff's K-9 unit and were shown public safety equipment displayed by various public safety entities.
The search and rescue unit displayed mountain rescue equipment, its snow-cat machine and all equipment used for water search and rescue cases. The students also saw fire engines and emergency equipment.
The sheriff's helicopter, Star 1, Life-flight helicopter from LDS hospital and a volunteer helicopter landed in the street west of the complex. A detailed explanation and tour of the helicopter's services was given to the students.
Wilkinson said that the sheriff's department holds a day every year to honor students who serve as crossing guards. Drinks for the lunch were donated by Coca-Cola, ice cream by Highland Dairy and the hot dogs were supplied by the sheriff's office.