LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- First responders joined forces with the Greater Lansing community at the Lansing mall to host its first ever “Community Day.”
Eight law enforcement agencies, one fire department and four non-profits came together all with one purpose…to promote togetherness and unity.
“We’re friendly, we want the young kids to be able to come up to us and not be afraid,” said Captain Dan Ayers of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.
With the recent blasts towards police officers nationwide, the message of peace and harmony stood loud and clear today.
“We’re still the good guys, we’re the police officers, we’re the firefighters, we’re the public servants that live and work in the very communities that you live and work in…same team is the message, same team,” Sergeant Andrew Bouck of the East Lansing Police Department stated.
Sergeant Bouck says it’s not only important for people to feel comfortable near our men and women in blue, but it’s also critical for people to feel protected now instead of just in an emergency.
“It’s very important that we involve ourselves in our community other than just law enforcement type actions,” Bouck said.
“Community Day” was a way to make that stride. It gave kids and their families a chance to interact with first responders on a more personal level.
“It’s nice, this is the more positive side to our work, positive atmosphere…these are the people that want to see us and introduce themselves and us to be able to introduce ourselves to them so this is a good event,” said Michigan State Police Trooper Jereme Miller.
“It’s good for the kids to see that you know that the cops are good people and they’re not out to do anything bad, they’re here to protect us,” Community member Justin Drouin stated.
Although the event sought to heal the divide between first responders and people of Mid-Michigan, it also had one goal…to put the unity back in community.
“We’re just as human as them, I always tell people we put our pants on one leg at a time just like you do, we’re not any different just a different role in our line of work,” said Miller.
Today started the first of many “Community Days” bringing in dozens of people from the Lansing area.
We’ll be sure to let you know when and where the next event will be held as soon as we find out.