The City of North Chicago hosted its second annual Public Safety Open House Oct. 10, an event spear headed by Public Safety Chairperson and 2nd Ward Alderman, Bonny Mayfield. “This is a way for the community to actually touch and talk to our police officers and firefighters.” said Alderman Mayfield. “It’s just a great way for everyone to know they’re human and they do a great service to the community.”
More than 200 citizens and supporters joined local first responders for a day of public safety activities. The day included useful tips, healthcare screenings, literature, meet and greets and giveaways from the North Chicago Police and Fire Departments, the DEA, Naval Station Great Lakes Fire and Police, North Shore Gas, North Chicago’s Citizens Advisory Committee and the Veterans Affairs Police.
By far the most popular attractions of the day were the live K-9 and extrication demonstrations. Halfway in to the open house, the guests crowded around the area where the North Chicago and Naval Station Great Lakes Police Departments gave an up close and detailed K-9 demonstration of the different ways dogs are used in police service. Another impressive demonstration was a vehicle extrication performed by North Chicago Fire Department personnel. The captive audience saw, firsthand, the process used by first responders in the event a crash victim is trapped in a car.