Several hundred locals Touch-a-Truck

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By Shawna O'Neill
Several hundred locals Touch-a-Truck
Children and the young at heart enjoyed exploring municipal vehicles on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Touch-a-Truck. Photo provided by the City of Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario – With beautiful weather on Tuesday, Aug. 27, hundreds of community members attended Touch-a-Truck with family and friends between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Lamoureux Park, envisioning and exploring dream careers involving cool automobiles.

“Touch-a-Truck was a huge success,” said Mayor Bernadette Clement following the event. “I loved seeing so many kids and adults taking interest in the trucks and asking City workers all kinds of great questions.”

The free event featured multiple municipal vehicles, including fire trucks, police cruisers, ambulances, recreation trucks, zamboni machines, garbage and recycling vehicles, street sweepers and more. Staff of each department gave brief tours of the vehicles and described how they help them perform their jobs. Cornwall Fire Services also rigged up the City’s largest sprinkler once again, one of the public’s favourite, no cost events of the summer.

Some participants got suited up, adorning City jackets and safety equipment, like gloves and protective glasses, to get the full feel of the experience. Others even nestled into paramedic stretchers, seeing from the City workers perspective as well as the patient.

“This event (was) taking place to encourage children and their parents to discover all the ways the City of Cornwall serves them. Touch-a-Truck (was) also an opportunity to inspire young people to pursue careers offered by the City,” read a City of Cornwall statement.

Mayor Clement said she hoped perhaps the event would lead some young local to discover their passion for a future career.

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